Mariupol policeman asks for help from Biden and Macron

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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on Friday, March 18, 2022 shows damaged and burned apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies via AP)

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A Ukrainian police officer in Mariupol has warned the beleaguered port city has been ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ and pleaded with the presidents of the United States and France to provide his country with a modern air defense system .

In a video message from a rubble-strewn street, Mariupol police officer Michail Vershnin told President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron that they had promised help, “but what we have received is not quite that”, and urged them to save the civilians. population.

“Children, old people are dying. The city is destroyed and it has been wiped off the face of the earth,” he said in Russian in the video filmed on Friday and authenticated by The Associated Press. We see flames coming from several buildings while others were decimated. Apparent explosions could also be heard.

“You promised there will be help, give us that help. Biden, Macron, you are great leaders. Be them all the way,” he said.

Vershnin said the city faces the fate of the Syrian city of Aleppo which was destroyed in 2016 in a Russian-backed siege during the Syrian revolution-turned-civil war. Russia aided Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government with a ruthless strategy by blockading sieges around opposition-held areas, bombing them and starving them until the population’s ability to hold collapsed .

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