Ukrainian Mariupol Commander Tells of Russia's Alleged Metal Plant Siege

One of the last remaining Ukrainian commanders holed up in the Mariupol siege has told of the nightly gauntlet of air raids and artillery.

And he bitterly blamed Russia for the waste of the billion of dollars it had poured into the siege, which could have been used to build "schools, hospitals, universities."

Newsflash obtained the footage from the Azov Regiment - a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine based in devastated Mariupol, in south-eastern Ukraine - April 28.

In an accompanying statement, Azov said (in Ukrainian): "Address from the Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, Kalina, regarding the situation in Mariupol today.

"This night is just a colossal number of airstrikes, phosphorous bombs, missiles, artillery and everything that a barbarian can use against humanity.

"For all military words and actions are one and the same. Therefore, it is difficult for us to understand why we are promised and not acted upon.

"In total, it is $1,111,200,180 without expenses for fuel, equipment, medical evacuation, food, and other things.

"Think that this money is equal to the opportunity to build 163 schools, or 273 kindergartens, or 12 modern hospitals, 32 maternity hospitals or 82 pharmacies. This is only Mariupol. I'm not talking about Ukraine as a whole.

"Do not believe in our statistics - ask the official authorities in Russia how many died on the cruiser Moskva?

"I call on the military-political leadership to take decisive action to release or evacuate all those who hope and believe in the Homeland.

"Today I will say that Mariupol is not Ukraine, but Ukraine is Mariupol."

Mariupol, Ukraine, Russia
Appeal from the Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, Kalina, about the situation in Mariupol in Ukraine. Note: Picture is a screenshot from a video. AZOV media/Zenger

In Captain Palamar's address, he says (in Ukrainian but with subtitles in English): "We calculated approximate cost that Russians wasted on war in Mariupol instead of building schools, hospitals, universities or at least provided a decent aging for the pensioners.

"These numbers are colossal.

"It is unimaginable for a normal person to understand the logic of this war in Ukraine.

"As for now, the weapons, vehicles lost by the enemy, values at least $162,000,000.

"Jet fuel, ammunition - $288,000,000.

"The compensation for wounded and killed soldiers in Mariupol will cost Russian government $661,000,000.

"In summary it is $1,111,200,180."

Those numbers have not been independently confirmed.

The last remaining Ukrainian troops in Mariupol are holed up in the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who claimed control of the strategic port city last week, said the steelworks should be sealed off so that "not a fly" could escape.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.