Russia has set a deadline for Ukrainian troops to surrender to save lives in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. However, the Ukrainian army is building resistance without heeding Russia’s message. The BBC reported this information in a report on Sunday.
Petro Andreushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, told the Telegram that despite the Russian offer of surrender, our troops had resisted.
Russia’s hostility is not limited to the Azovstal steel plant, Andrewschenko said, adding that during the war the occupiers again shelled residential areas with heavy artillery.
Odessa Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko, meanwhile, told the BBC that Ukrainian troops in Mariupol would not surrender to Russia.
Earlier, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its troops had occupied the town of Mariupol. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that only a small group of Ukrainian fighters remained inside a steelwork in the city on Saturday.
The statement said that if the troops stationed at Azovastal Steelworks surrendered between 8 am and 1 pm local time, Russia would guarantee their safety.
However, Moscow’s claim could not be independently verified. If Mariupol really falls to Russia, it will be the largest city in Ukraine occupied by Moscow since the February 24 invasion.
Kiev, however, did not comment on Russia’s claims to the Mariupol situation.