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Kyiv says ‘no question’ of surrender in Mariupol after Russia sets 5am deadline | Ukraine

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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 5am Moscow time (2am GMT) on Monday to put down their arms in the japanese port metropolis of Mariupol, the place it mentioned a “terrible humanitarian catastrophe” was unfolding.

“Lay down your arms,” Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the director of the Russian National Defence Management Center, mentioned on Sunday in a briefing. “A terrible humanitarian catastrophe has developed,” he mentioned. “All who lay down their arms are guaranteed safe passage out of Mariupol.”

The deadline was shortly rejected by Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk saying that there could be “no question” of surrender.

“There can be no talk of any surrenders, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this,” she mentioned, in response to on-line information web site Ukrainska Pravda. “Instead of wasting time on 8 pages of letters, just open a [humanitarian] corridor.”

Mariupol has suffered some of the heaviest bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February. Many of its 400,000 residents stay trapped in town with little, if any, meals, water or energy.

Mizintsev mentioned humanitarian corridors for civilians can be opened eastwards and westwards out of Mariupol at 10am Moscow time (7am GMT) on Monday.

Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the failure to open such corridors in latest weeks. Mizintsev, with out offering proof, mentioned that Ukrainian “bandits”, “neo-Nazis” and nationalists had engaged in “mass terror” and gone on a killing spree in town.

Ukraine says it’s combating for its existence and the nation’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, mentioned on Saturday that the siege of Mariupol was “a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come”. The west has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia that the Kremlin says quantity to a declaration of financial struggle by the US and its allies.

The Mariupol metropolis council mentioned on its Telegram channel late on Saturday that a number of thousand residents had been “deported” to Russia over the previous week. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has killed hundreds of individuals, displaced greater than 10 million and raised fears of a wider confrontation between Russia and the US.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has mentioned the “special military operation” in Ukraine is critical to disarm and “de-nazify” its neighbour.

With Reuters

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