Ukrainian fighter jet stranded at Mariupol steel plant asks Elon Musk for help

Kyiv — A fighter has turned to SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk for help evacuating a steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol besieged by Russian troops.

Last week, many civilians were rescued from the sprawling Azovstal plant under a deal with Russia, but a deal with Moscow to leave hundreds of fighters, some wounded, has yet to be reached after weeks of bombing.

“@elonmusk people say you’re from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible. Our planets are next to each other because I live where it’s almost impossible to survive,” Navy Commander Serhiy Volina wrote on Twitter.

“Help us get out of Azores to the country of mediation. If it’s not you, who is it? Give me a hint.”

Musk, the world’s richest man, owns rocket company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, and plans to buy Twitter. It is unclear whether Musk has seen Warina’s tweet.

Ukrainian officials said about 1,000 fighters were holding out in the many underground tunnels in Azovstad, and hundreds were seriously wounded and required emergency evacuation. The plant is under heavy Russian artillery fire.

In February, Musk responded to a tweet from Ukrainian government officials seeking help when Ukraine’s internet was disrupted by a Russian intrusion. SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is available in Ukraine, and SpaceX is sending more terminals to the country, Musk said.

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