Ukraine Continues to Defy Russia's Calls to Surrender in Mariupol
On Sunday, Ukraine again rejected Russia's demand to surrender in Mariupol, as Russia threatens to demolish Ukrainian resistance in the city.
Ukraine had also rejected a request to surrender in Mariupol on March 21. The assault on the southwestern port city continues as Ukrainian officials estimate over 20,000 casualties in the area. Much of Mariupol has been destroyed by Russian shelling, which included a maternity hospital and a theater where about 1,300 people were seeking refuge last month. Capturing Mariupol would be considered a major strategic prize for Russia, and would allow for control of a vast area of southern and eastern Ukraine.
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From the CenterUkraine war: Mariupol defenders will fight to the end says PM
Defenders of the besieged city of Mariupol will fight to the end against Russian forces, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says.
The port city has not fallen despite an ultimatum from Moscow to remaining fighters to give up, he said.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia has chosen to raze Mariupol to the ground.
Local officials said Russian forces have announced they will stop anyone from entering or leaving the city.
Capturing the whole of the city is seen as a major strategic prize for Russia, leaving it in...
From the LeftUkraine rejects deadline to surrender in Mariupol as Russia threatens to eliminate resistance
Ukrainian forces besieged in Mariupol have rejected Russia's demands to surrender and are still resisting an unrelenting assault on the southeastern port city, top Ukrainian officials said on Sunday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said the city, which has been surrounded by Russian troops since March 1, has not fallen. Ukrainian troops trapped in the city are holding out against the Russian onslaught despite overwhelming odds. But they are confined to pockets of resistance, and their numbers are unclear.
"There are still our military forces, our soldiers, so they will fight until...
From the RightMariupol ‘Doesn’t Exist Anymore,’ Estimated 21,000 Casualties
The southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, has been almost entirely destroyed by Russian troops, according to Ukrainian officials Sunday.
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told CBS that Mariupol “doesn’t exist anymore,” after seven weeks of attacks from Russian forces. “The remainings of the Ukrainian army and large group of civilians are basically encircled by the Russian forces. They continue their struggle, but it seems from the way the Russian army behaves in Mariupol, they decided to raze the city to the ground at any cost,” he continued.
At least 21,0000 people...