Wives of soldiers of the Azov regiment saw the pope and asked for his help

We asked him to come to Ukraine, talk to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, tell him ‘Let them go’“, told the press Kateryna Prokopenko, wife of one of the heads of the Azov division, Denis Prokopenko.

The interview, which lasted “about five minutes“according to them, took place at the end of the general audience of the sovereign pontiff, in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

We hope that this meeting will save their lives. We are ready for action by the Pope, his delegation, our soldiers are ready to lay down their arms in the event of evacuation to a third country“, she added.

We told the pope that 700 of our soldiers are wounded, that they suffer from gangrene, amputations (…) Many of them died, we could not bury them“said Yulia Fedosiuk, 29, for her part.

We asked the pope to help them, to act as a third party in this war and to allow them to flee through a humanitarian corridor. He told us that he was praying for us and that he would do whatever he could“, she added, highlighting the “terrible conditions” on the spot, “without water, without food, without medical equipment“.

They said they feared that the soldiers would be captured, tortured and killed by Russian forces.

For several weeks, Mariupol has been almost entirely under the control of Russian forces. Only the immense Azovstal steelworks escaped them, which the Russian army relentlessly pounded.

According to Kyiv, “more than a thousand“Ukrainian soldiers including”hundreds injured“are still in the underground galleries of this vast metallurgical complex, after the evacuation of all civilians last week with the help of the UN.

The Ukrainian authorities have indicated “to work“to the possibility of evacuating wounded soldiers, medical personnel and military chaplains from the steel plant, while hoping for the help of international organizations and Turkey.

Created in 2014, the controversial Azov regiment is at the heart of a propaganda war between kyiv and Russia, one of the declared war aims of which is “denazificationfrom Ukraine.

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