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Relatives of Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday to
Relatives of Ukraine’s trapped Azovstal soldiers ask China for help

Relatives of Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday to “save” the encircled troops, saying he was the last world leader Moscow would listen to.

Five wives of Ukrainian soldiers and a father gave a news conference in kyiv, in another desperate appeal to help the soldiers, hiding in the underground tunnels of the huge factory that has been besieged by Russian forces for weeks.

“There is only one man left in the world that we can turn to, that is the Chinese leader,” said Stavr Vychniak, the father of one of the trapped soldiers.

China has great influence on Russia and on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin personally. We ask you to intervene,” he said.

He called on Xi to “take necessary measures for the extraction” of the soldiers.

“They are in hell, under constant bombardment,” he said, calling for wounded soldiers and the bodies of dead soldiers to be removed from the plant.

Western powers and Ukraine have repeatedly urged China to condemn Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine, while Beijing, which has good relations with Moscow, has tried to maintain a neutral stance.

Natalia Zarytska, the wife of one of the trapped soldiers, also asked for China‘s help.

“There is still one person in this world that Putin struggles to say no to,” he said, calling on Xi to “join in saving” the soldiers.

“We trust that China, strong and noble, is capable of making difficult decisions in the name of good.”

Zarytska said she receives messages from her husband, saying that they are being attacked “by sea, land and air” and that Russia is dragging “this painful process of torture.”

He called on the world “not to be silent and stop this destruction” in Azovstal.

Ukraine‘s Azov battalion, which has led the defense of Mariupol, has released desperate videos from the plant, saying soldiers are “dying” of their injuries there.

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