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.

Azov Regiment's commander Denys Prokopenko (left) and Serhii Volyna (right) commander of the 36th Marine Brigade in Mariupol (Illia Ponomarenko). Source:
Azov Regiment’s commander Denys Prokopenko (left) and Serhii Volyna (right) commander of the 36th Marine Brigade in Mariupol (Illia Ponomarenko/Twitter)

The deadline has since passed without compliance from the Ukrainians holed up inside the steel mill, which leaves them to fight the incoming Russian onslaught from all directions. The Russian defense ministry had previously said that any signs of resistance from the Ukrainian forces would be met with heavy firepower, and “all of them will be eliminated.”

“Their only chance to save their lives is to voluntarily lay down their arms and surrender,” the Russian Defense Ministry reiterated.