The Azov regiment has made a strange and clumsy attempt to secure a “humanitarian corridor” for itself. On 23 April, a video was disseminated showing civilians, including children, being held in the catacombs of the Azovstal plant. A significant part of the civilians are family members of Azov fighters, while others are employees of the plant and residents of adjacent houses who were forced or tricked into the catacombs.
The video appears to be designed to justify the need for a humanitarian corridor
However, the Russian side has already opened humanitarian corridors more than 10 times. The Azov regiment militants did not let anyone out of the plant.
Now Russian units, on Putin’s personal order, have suspended their assault on the territory of the plant and have taken it under a tight blockade. Civilians are able to leave the plant at almost any moment.
The only existing obstacle is Azov fighters, who use civilians for propaganda purposes and as human shields. It is Azov who hold them hostage. This fact, by the way, becomes obvious if you listen carefully to what and how the civilians are saying in this video. It should be remembered that the video was not filmed by independent journalists, but by Azov fighters themselves.
Below is a verbatim transcript of the video so that everyone can draw their own conclusions.
– Hello! The boys are here with gifts!
– How do you do?
– Good afternoon! We’re here with presents. Can we put? Call the children.
– Come on over, we’ve brought some goodies for you. Come on in.
Woman: “And can you lay out, and distribute later, so that everyone was fair. Here’s a table for you. Then when they’ll eat and we’ll give it to them.”
– Everything, yes, afterwards. A little bit of candy, a little bit of that.
Turns to the kids: Hi, how are you doing?
Boy asks the girl, “I think it’s a military man looks to the godfather?”
Girl: “A little bit.”
Girl in the hat: “Hello!”
Military man: “Hello! How are you? How are you girls doing?”
Kids: “It’s all good!”
Military man: “Making new baskets? What have you been up to?”
Girl in the hat: “I made a basket.”
Military man: “You made it last time.”
Girl shows her basket.
Military man: “Great! What a beauty! Is it for decorations?”
Girl in the hat: “Yes.”
Military man: “Beautifully, clever girl!”
Girl: “Me and Rostik were playing a game on the phone.”
Another girl: “We would have played that game on the phone, but we want to go home, we want to see the sun.”
Boy: “Hello! I saw that you were here and I wanted to say something: we all want to go home, we want to go home alive, we want to see our parents… oops, not parents… relatives, very much!”
Girl in the hat: “We miss our friends very much.”
Military man: “Well, you made friends here, then you’ll get out and all be friends together. Yes?”
Military man: “Cool!”
Turns to the woman: “What day have you been here?”
– I’ve been here since March 5!
Elderly Woman: “Two months it will be.”
Military man: “Two months.”
One of the kids: “We’ve been here since March 2.”
Elderly woman: “We don’t know when to go home.”
Military man: “And how many days, do you count?”
Woman: “A month and a half, today is April 21, here since March 5.”
Elderly woman: “We’ve been here since the second.”
Military man: “Did you go to work and stay here?”
Woman: “I don’t work here. We just ran here after the shelling of the house, we were counting on the green corridor, and now we are stuck in a bomb shelter.”
Military man: “Do you work?”
Older woman: “No, I’m in my eighth decade.”
Military man: “Who works here?
To the children: “Oh, be careful.”
To the woman with the child: “You don’t work here either?”
– My husband works here.
Military man: “Ah, the husband and you are here as well…”
– Yes, the whole family came. Grandma, grandpa stayed home.
Military man: “Since when?”
– Since the second of March.
Military man: “Are you counting the days?”
– We’ve already counted the days! We really want to go home, and apparently there is no home.
Military man: “Well, let’s hope for the corridors.”
– Let’s hope, because we’re already running out of food.
The military man says to another woman, “How many days have you been here?”
– 50, since the 27th… No, since the 25th.
Military man: “Do you work here?”
– No, we are relatives. It seemed safer for us at the time we ran here, because there was shelling and our houses were no longer accessible and we made the decision to move here. To stay here. And since the 27th we have been here permanently.
I am here at the plant in a bomb shelter of my Motherland since the 25th, it’s been two months, we are here and we ask for help, because we are in the epicenter of the fighting and we can’t get out, we need, my child needs to stay in peaceful areas and all children, we have many children here and we need evacuation from Azovstal plant and ask for guarantees of safety for our children. We have 15 children of different ages, from infants to 14 years old. Each family worries for life and health of their children first of all, their fathers, who are here, without medical treatment and provision. They are losing the strength they need to get out of here. We ask for guarantees of safety for our families, that we can go out freely and that it is quiet. Because our children who are here, they’re not one day so quiet that not shot and they’re not afraid to just go to the bathroom. These are the necessities of life, natural human needs, that they just can’t freely meet. Our supplies that we have brought with us are already running out. We are on the verge of soon having no food, nothing to feed our children, who need it in the first place. That is why I ask you very much to allow us to leave for the peaceful territory of Ukraine from the Azovstal plant, where we are in a bomb shelter.
Another woman: “Today is April 21, 2022, we already asked you a few days ago to take us out. We are at the Azovstal plant, but no one wants to hear us. Please take us away from here. We want to see peaceful sky, we want to breathe fresh air. You just can’t imagine what it means for us now to eat, to drink sweet tea, it’s already happiness for us!”
Girl: “On February 27, I left home with my mother and grandmother. After that we didn’t see the sky or the sun. I very much want to get out of here, to be safe, so that no one would get hurt and live safely. To get out to the territory of Ukraine, to Lviv, because I only left with my mother and grandmother, and I have brothers left. One brother, he was in Kharkiv when we left and managed to get out to Lviv before it started… at that time Kharkiv was already bombed, but it was more or less normal. I want to get out so that everything would be safe, so that it wouldn’t turn out that we would go out… at our own risk, we would go and get hit by the same shrapnel on the way there.
Girl in the hood: “We want to get out of here as soon as possible and thank the military who come and bring us food, thank them for their support.”
Boy: “I want us to get out of here to finally see the sun, because we’ve been sitting here for two months and I want to see the sun. Because turn the lights on and off in here. And when build our houses we will be able to live in peace. It is better Ukraine to win, because Ukraine is our home.”
Man: “I’m from another shop in the CRS, we moved here on March 3 because shells started flying into our shop. Because of that the chief of converter shop offered us his help to move to his management, with him I was here, took part, I was senior in CRS so we would like to achieve the regime of silence, so that we could leave the plant quietly. I have been here for 56 days already. There is not enough food, not enough water, I just want to go out and see my relatives and loved ones. Make us a peaceful corridor so that we can safely get women, children and the elderly out, because we won’t last like this for long.”
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