A brigade of Ukrainian marines guarding the city of Mariupol said on Monday they were running out of ammunition after nearly seven weeks of fighting.
“We have been defending Mariupol for 47 days,” the 36th Brigade said in a Facebook post.
The group said they were initially armed with guns at the start of the conflict, but have not received any additional ammunition since then.
“For more than a month, the Marines have fought without ammunition, without food, without water,” he wrote. “The mountain of injured accounts for about half of our crew.”
“The enemy slowly pushed us back. They surrounded us with fire, and are now trying to destroy us,” the post read.
The post mentions that the surviving brigade members are now defending the Azovstal Iron and Steelworks plant near the port of Mariupol.
The Marines stated that the men whose limbs were not broken and “not torn” had returned to the ranks to fight. With no infantrymen left, the group said artillerymen, cooks, drivers and even orchestral musicians had been involved in the crossfire with Russian forces.
“We are dying but fighting. But it is coming to an end,” the post read. “Today will be another extremely difficult battle. Ahead is death for some, captivity for others. Dear Ukrainian people, we ask you to remember the Marines.”
The post said, “Don’t talk badly about Marines. We’ve done everything that’s possible and impossible. We’re loyal forever.”