No surrender for the Ukrainians in Mariupol. The last Ukrainian fighters in the besieged city of Mariupol have rejected the Russian forces’ offer to surrender and have decided to fight to the last man. It is no secret that the southern port city of Mariupol is one of the areas in Ukraine that has suffered the most destruction, with the Russians destroying 90% of the infrastructure with thousands of civilians killed in the process.
The Russians gave the Ukrainians an ultimatum last Sunday to quit the fight, lay down their weapons, vacate their positions in the heavily fortified Azovstal steelworks located near the Sea of Azov, and come out to save their own lives. This comes after the Russians claim that some 1,000 members of the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade had surrendered to them last week.
“Taking into account the catastrophic situation that has developed at the Azovstal metallurgical plant, as well as being guided by purely humane principles, the Russian Armed Forces offer the militants of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries from 06:00 (Moscow time) on April 17, 2022, to stop any hostilities and lay down their arms,” the Russian Defense Ministry said through a statement.
🇷🇺 occupiers struck Metallurgical Combine #Azovstal with the heaviest aerial bombs.#Mariupol City Council:
"At least 1,000 civilians are in the underground shelters of the metallurgical plant. Mostly women with children and the elderly."
STOP THE GENOCIDE OF 🇺🇦! pic.twitter.com/TBj0vEpORz