Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, has stated that. defenders of the besieged city of Mariupol will fight to the death against Russian soldiers.
Despite Moscow’s ultimatum to remaining fighters to surrender, the port city has not fallen, he added.
Russia has chosen to raze Mariupol to the ground, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The Russian military has announced that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the city, according to local officials.
Russia sees capturing the entire city as a huge strategic prize, as it would give it control of a large stretch of southern and eastern Ukraine.
Residents would be compelled to queue for a pass to allow them to move between areas, according to a mayor’s advisor, and some will have their phones confiscated or be sent to Russia against their will.
At least 20,000 Ukrainian residents are being held in filtration camps near Mariupol, according to Petro Andryushchenko.
Mr. Shmyhal stated in an interview that a Russian deadline for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to surrender by Sunday had been violated.
“The city has not yet collapsed,” he stated.
“Our military forces, our soldiers, are still present, and they will fight till the end.
They are still in Mariupol as of now.”
The Russian military claims to have taken control of practically all of Mariupol, while the Azov Battalion of Ukraine continues to hold out in Azovstal, a massive steelworks overlooking the Azov Sea.
According to reports, there could be 500 to 800 Ukrainian troops holding out in the city
Ukraine has urged that Russian forces establish humanitarian corridors from Mariupol to allow civilians and wounded Ukrainian troops to flee, but there have been no large-scale evacuations in several weeks.
Iryna Vereshchuk, the Deputy Prime Minister, stated that there will be no corridor on Monday and reiterated requests for a path out of Mariupol to be established.
With homes demolished and significant water shortages, the situation for inhabitants in the city is dire.
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The family of one of two British men who were purportedly seized by Russian forces while fighting in Mariupol has expressed hope for a fast resolution to their son’s plight.
Shaun Pinner, 48, a member of the Ukrainian army, as well as Aiden Aslin, has been on Russian official television.
They requested to be traded for Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician detained by Ukrainian police, however, it was unclear whether they were under duress.
The exchange has also been requested by Mr. Medvedchuk’s wife, who has appealed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for assistance.
As the defenders of Mariupol continue to hold out, Ukrainian officials continue to rule out any territorial concessions to Russia.
President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the concept of allowing Moscow to assume control of sections of eastern Ukraine to end the crisis in an interview broadcast on CNN on Sunday.
“Ukraine and its people have made their feelings known.
We have no claim to anyone else’s land, but we will not relinquish our own “he stated
Meanwhile, police in the western city of Lviv claimed seven people were killed in rocket strikes on Monday morning.
It’s still unclear what the strikes were aimed at. Russia has focused its onslaught on eastern Ukraine in recent weeks.