Ukrainian soldiers refuse a Russian army ultimatum to surrender their arms and will fight to the death in the city of Mariupol, which is surrounded by Russian troops.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has stated that Ukrainian soldiers in the besieged city of Mariupol will fight to the death against Russian forces.

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.

Despite a Russian military ultimatum to the last Ukrainian fighters to surrender, the port city has not surrendered, he added.

Ukranian soldiers defy ultimatum to surrender arms and will fight to the end in city of Mariupol encircled by Russian army

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, has stated that the Ukrainian troops will fight till the end, despite Russia’s decision to entirely destroy the city and its residents.

The capture of the city as a whole is considered as a huge strategic prize for Russia, as it would give it control of a large swath of southern and eastern Ukraine, and Russian soldiers have announced that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the city beginning Monday, April 18.

Shmyhal told the ABC that a Russian ultimatum of Sunday for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to surrender had been ignored.

“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.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the concept of allowing Moscow to take over areas of eastern Ukraine to resolve the crisis as Mariupol defenders continue to hold out.

“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

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