Mariupol rejects Russia’s request to surrender after 5pm local time
Deadline given by Russia to the authorities Like Mariupol The city was handed over and the Ukrainians rejected these terms as a false preference.
Mariupol, a port city of about 450,000 people before the war, has been under constant attack by Russian forces since early March, with satellite images showing significant destruction of residential areas.
While Russia’s final warning appears to provide safe behavior outside the city for those who choose to surrender, it does not provide such a guarantee for those left behind.
Russia has repeatedly been accused of targeting civilians, with trapped residents describing the attack as “hell.”
The Russian attacks caused a total collapse of basic services, leaving residents without access to gas, electricity or water. Bodies are left on the street because there is no one to collect them or it is very dangerous to try.
According to a city official, people are afraid to leave their underground shelters to get even basic necessities, meaning they try to drink less water and eat less, and only go out to prepare hot food.
Bomb blast at maternity hospital, theater: Major Denis Prokopenko of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard said that the city is increasing the burden of Russia’s heavy attack on the country, carrying out shelling day and night. The attack included deadly attacks on the maternity ward and a separate shelling of a theater and art school where hundreds of people had taken refuge, with no casualties as rescue operations continued. According to satellite imagery, the word “children” was written on both sides of the theater before the bombing.
Trapped civilians: For weeks, Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian forces of blocking evacuation routes that would allow residents to leave the city safely. Pedro Andrushenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, told his Telegram channel on Sunday that Russian forces had shot dead people trying to leave the city in their cars. The Ukrainian government says a relief force has repeatedly been deployed to the besieged city.
Was conducted against their will: This Sunday, the city council of Mariupol said that Russian forces were taking residents to Russia against their will. The council said the captured Mariupol residents were taken to camps where Russian forces checked their phones and documents and then deported some residents to distant Russian cities. Russia on Saturday denied the allegations.
Why Russia wants to control Mariupol: The city is a strategic port located on a stretch of coast connecting the eastern Donbass region with the Crimean Peninsula, both of which have been under Russian control since 2014. It seems that Russian forces are trying to take full control of the area to create a land. The sidewalk between the two areas is pressing Mariupol with brutal military force.
“The Russian occupiers can not find words describing the atrocities and atrocities that are destroying the citizens of the Ukrainian city by sea. Women, children and the elderly are in the eyes of the enemy. Peaceful people are completely unarmed,” the Mariupol city council said last week.