“You were my husband for three days. You will be my love for eternity. My dear Andriy, detailed, brave… you have been and are the best. We managed to get married, we managed to be happy, but we could not be together. I will always love you, my hero”.

It is a declaration of eternal love. The Ukrainian combatant Valeria Karpilenko was Nava for her Andriy de ella, who was called Barba, an officer of the border guard of the Ukrainian troops. The two were married in the basement of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on May 5, as the Russian army shelled them mercilessly.

Three days after the wedding, Andriy was killed during a Russian assault. Valeria recounted on Instagram the birth of the bond that has united them for years, crowned in the hell of the steel mill surrounded for weeks, and the last promise she made to her husband: “We will survive, we will get out of the siege and we will continue living for the two of us “.

Valeria’s story has also been told by the Facebook account of the Ukrainian National Guard. At the wedding, the two exchanged, dressed in military uniforms, two makeshift wedding rings, made from aluminum foil, in the presence of the other defenders of the steel mill.

The adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, has reported on Telegram that the Russians are blocking the exits from the underground passages of the plant. “The main goal of Putin’s army is to block the exits from the underground passages, which a traitor has indicated to the enemy,” he said, adding: “The defenders of Mariupol are trying to fight back, risking everything.”

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