Ukrainian commander created Twitter account and asked Elon Musk for help in escaping Mariupol steel plant

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been summoned by a Ukrainian commander to provide assistance in the country.  Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been summoned by a Ukrainian commander to provide assistance in the country. Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A soldier in Ukraine has asked billionaire Elon Musk for help to help people escape from a steel factory in Mariupol besieged by Russian troops.

Serhiy Volyna, a Ukrainian marine commander, said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he had created a Twitter account purely to ask Musk for help.

“People say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible,” Volyna said in his… Twitter post to Musk. “Our planets are next to each other because I live where it’s almost impossible to survive.”

He added: “Help us get out of Azovstal to an intermediary country. If not you, then who? Give me a hint.”

Insider reported last week that Russian troops have continued to attack the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol. Although all civilians have been evacuated from the factory, Ukrainian troops are still inside, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said according to CNN.

In his Facebook post, Volyna described Musk as a “superhuman” who has “proved that there are no unsolvable problems for him” and that “anything is possible”.

“He never gives up on us!” he said.

This is not the first time Ukraine has asked Musk for help. Mychailo Fedorov, the country’s deputy prime minister, In late February, Musk called on to provide Ukraine with Starlink terminals from SpaceX to help people stay online during the Russian invasion.

Musk responded, saying that Starlink had been activated in Ukraine, before sending shipments from Starlink terminals to the country, according to: tweets by means of Fedorov† At the time of writing, the billionaire had not responded to Volyna’s tweet or Facebook post.

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