Ukraine vows Mariupol troops will ‘fight to the end’ as surrender deadline passes
Ukrainian soldiers continue to defend Mariupol despite the ultimatum given to them by Russia having already expired. That reports the Russian Ministry of Defense according to CNN.
According to the ministry, Ukrainian soldiers were given the opportunity to “lay down their weapons and surrender so that their lives can be spared” . Defenders of the port city who were to lay down their arms before 6 a.m. on Sunday morning would be given until 1 p.m. to surrender. However, the local government insisted on continuing to fight.
Mariupol has been besieged by Russian soldiers for more than a month and much of the city has been destroyed. Last month, a theater where more than 1,300 people took refuge was destroyed.
Last Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Mariupol is largely in Russian hands. The remaining defenders are said to be members of the nationalist Azov battalion and foreign mercenaries hiding in a steel factory in the east of the city.
Yesterday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the situation in Mariupol “inhumane” and “very serious”. According to Zelensky, he and his government have tried every day to end the Russian occupation through military and diplomatic means, but so far without success.
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