Ukraine and Russia are at loggerheads over the war-torn port city of Mariupol. Russia has been pushing for the surrender of Ukrainian troops trapped in the city until Sunday, but the country’s leaders are still adamant.
In an interview with ABC, Ukrainian Prime Minister Danis Smyhal said yesterday that the remaining Ukrainian forces in Mariupol were still fighting. They will not accept Russia’s ultimatum for surrender.
“Mariupol did not fall,” Schmihal said. ‘
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday night that “eliminating” Mariopol’s resistance fighters would end talks with Russia in the face of threats to eliminate Ukrainian troops.
As of Sunday evening local time, there was no indication from Ukraine that they would hand over Mariupol to Russian troops.
Petro Andreushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said in a telegram that despite the Russia’s offer of a corridor for the remaining troops in the city, their resistance fighters have maintained a defensive position.
Andrewschenko also said that the last base of Russian resistance fighters was not limited to the Azovstal steel plant. Occupiers are also shelling civilian homes with heavy artillery.
Odessa Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko, meanwhile, said: “Ukrainian troops in Mariupol will not surrender. “I spoke to them yesterday,” he said. I know they will fight to the end. ‘
Earlier, Russia said it would only save the lives of Mariopol’s Ukrainian troops if they surrendered by Sunday.
A pro-Russian leader in eastern Ukraine said on Saturday night that Ukrainian fighters who had not surrendered after the fall of Mariupol would be eliminated.
MP Goncharenko said there was a real genocidal situation in Mariupol. It is estimated that about 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the city.
For more than a month, Ukrainian troops have prevented the fall of the strategically important city of Mariupol in the face of a fierce Russian offensive. However, due to the long siege, their weapons, ammunition and supplies were almost exhausted. In this situation, the Russian army has started entering different parts of the city. Russia claimed yesterday that the main city area was occupied by its troops and that Ukrainian troops were trapped at their last base in the city’s huge steel plant.
The Soviet-era Azvastal steel plant was so secure that Ukrainian troops were stationed there to repel Russian attacks.
Russia plans to restrict access to Mariupol from Monday, city officials said.
After a month of bombings and shelling, Mariupol is now dead. About 100 percent of the city’s installations were destroyed or damaged. The city’s mayor recently claimed that more than 20,000 civilians had been killed.
two sides have released huge numbers of casualties as the Ukraine conflict draws to a close in the eighth week. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a Facebook post that about 20,300 Russian troops had been killed since February 24. Russia, meanwhile, retaliated by saying that 23,038 Ukrainian troops had suffered “irreparable damage”. However, it did not say whether there were any casualties.
, Russia launched a new missile attack on a military base in the Kiev region on Saturday night. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, also came under fire from Russian forces yesterday. At least five people were killed and 13 wounded in shelling in the town of Kharkiv, local officials said. The governor of the Mykolive region told the BBC that there had been a series of rocket attacks on the city and surrounding areas since yesterday morning.
Francis calls for peace Pope Francis has called on leaders to listen to the people’s call for peace in Ukraine during the Easter Sunday prayer for Christians.
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