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We’ll fight to the end for Ukraine and the free world, says ...

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We’ll fight to the end for Ukraine and the free world, says Mariupol hero

Azov Regiment captain, under siege in city’s last redoubt, gives stirring account of defenders’ suffering and resolve

Tom Balmforth and Margaryta Chornokondratenko

A Ukrainian soldier holed up in a steel works in Mariupol said his forces will fight for as long as needed. He urged world leaders to find a way to save civilians and the hundreds of troops trapped in Russia’s “medieval” siege.

Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, 39, a deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment, spoke in an interview with Reuters from the steel works that is the last redoubt for the port city’s defenders.

Russian forces have reduced large parts of Mariupol to ruins around the vast complex and its underground catacombs, where Palamar and a Ukrainian contingent are making a last stand...

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