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Zelenskyy: Russian Takeover of Mariupol Could End Peace Talks [VIDEO]

Zelenskyy: Russian Takeover of Mariupol Could End Peace Talks [VIDEO]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that if the besieged city of Mariupol falls to Putin’s troops, that will be the end of the fragile peace talks that have been taking place between the warring nations.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal echoed Zelenskyy’s sentiments during an appeal on a Sunday news broadcast, asking Americans for help for the approximately 100,000 Ukrainians who remain trapped in the eastern city without food, water, heat, and electricity.

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 appeared on the brink of falling to Russian forces Sunday after seven weeks under siege. The Russian military gave a deadline for surrender to a few thousand Ukrainian fighters who were providing the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol, but the Ukrainians didn’t submit. During his segment on ABC’s “This Week,” Shmyhal said that Ukrainian forces are still fighting, including in the Donbas region, “but we do not have the intention to surrender.”

The prime minister says Ukraine is prepared to end the war through diplomacy, if possible. Shmyhal says surrender isn’t an option, adding that “we will not leave our country, our families, our lands, so we will fight absolutely to the end, to the win, in this war.”

Watch Shmyhal’s full segment, below.

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