According to Biletsky, more than 5 attempts were made to transfer aid to the defenders of Mariupol by air. Apart from the last two, they were successful.
There were more than five attempts to transfer aid to the Ukrainian defenders to Azovstal in Mariupol. All but the last two were successful.
Andrey Biletsky, the first commander and founder of the Azov Regiment, spoke about this in an interview for Ukrainska Pravda.
According to him, Ukrainian pilots on helicopters delivered reinforcements, weapons, medicines and other things necessary for the defenders of Mariupol to the city blocked by the Russians, and took away the wounded and the bodies of the dead.
According to the founder of Azov, the air breakthrough operation was planned and carried out under the auspices of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Biletsky himself was involved in the organization of the landing. Thanks to the special operation, 72 Azov fighters were transported by helicopters to strengthen the defense of the city.
Biletsky stressed that no other army in history has ever done this.
“That is, at first everything was fine. And in the end it is clear that the enemy is developing, watching, he understands that helicopters are breaking through into Mariupol. In these attempts, one must first highlight the heroism and maximum professionalism of Ukrainian pilots. Not in any “black hawk falls” never have the Americans allowed themselves to enter more than a hundred kilometers into an air defense system in depth while patrolling enemy fighters in the air. There have never been such operations in the history of mankind,” he said.
One of the first who was delivered by helicopter to Mariupol was the “Azov” “Celt”, he died the next day.
“He died the way he wanted, by the way. He told many friends: “I want to die at home.” And he died on the next street from the house where he was born and grew up.
Medics were also delivered by helicopters to Mariupol.
“On the last flight, the doctors agreed to fly in a helicopter. It was a nurse, an anesthetist, two surgeons – only 5 representatives of medical personnel, civilians. These are people from the Dnieper … These are really heroes for me,” Biletsky said.
According to him, it was hard for everyone to fly, but it was hardest of all for the first and those who already knew that the Russians had calculated the flight path and positioned their air defense systems accordingly.
“They flew, clearly realizing that the probability (to die – UNIAN) is simply huge. But they flew because they understood that our people were dying there,” Biletsky stressed.
Regarding the story of the commander of the first crew of the helicopter, Biletsky said that it is worthy of a film adaptation.
“Perhaps, after the war, or even during the war, it will be filmed. This is a story for the film. But let this person tell himself. This should be told by an officer, a pilot. And he has something to tell. He is alive and well,” stated the first Azov commander.
Recall that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that many pilots died during the delivery of food and water to Azovstal . The President called them absolute heroes, who knew that it was almost impossible to fly to Azovstal and bring medicines, food, water, pick up the bodies, the wounded, but the pilots still agreed to fly.