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[BREAKING] Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand For Surrender in Mariupol

[BREAKING] Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand For Surrender in Mariupol

Ukraine has refused a demand from Moscow that they lay down their arms and stop defending the besieged city of Mariupol, a port city on the Sea of Azov which has run short of food, medicine, power, and water. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are suffering through Russian bombardments laying waste to civilians targets such as schools, theaters, and hospitals in the once-thriving city that was home to 400,000 people.

Putin’s military had ordered residents of Mariupol to surrender by 5 a.m. local time on Monday, saying those who did so could leave, while those who stayed would be handed to tribunals run by Moscow-backed separatists. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government responded that it would “never bow to ultimatums” and said cities such as the capital Kyiv, Mariupol, and Kharkiv would “always defy occupation”.

TOPSHOT – A man walks in front of a destroyed building after a Russian missile attack in the town of Vasylkiv, near Kyiv, on February 27, 2022. – Ukraine’s foreign minister said on February 27, that Kyiv would not buckle at talks with Russia over its invasion, accusing President Vladimir Putin of seeking to increase “pressure” by ordering his nuclear forces on high alert. (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Mariupol has become a focal point of Russia’s assault on Ukraine, but attacks were also reported to have intensified on the country’s second city Kharkiv on Monday. The unprovoked conflict has driven almost a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes, and Germany predicted the refugee number could reach as high as 10 million in the coming weeks.

Russia’s invasion, now in its fourth week, has largely stalled, failing to capture any major city, but causing massive destruction to residential areas.

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