Mariupol refuses to surrender to Russians as war enters 26th day

Mariupol, Ukraine. – A Russian deadline has come and gone for the surrender of Ukraine, an important port city in the southeast of that country.

Russia has demanded that the defenders of Mariupol surrender their weapons by today, promising to allow civilians to flee in return.

He said the next step is not yet clear. It comes on the heels of unconfirmed reports that thousands of Ukrainians are being evacuated from the besieged city and are being relocated to what local officials call “camps.”

Russia is stepping up its attacks in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as shell-shocked residents fight violence. It has been 26 days since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to neighboring Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been looking to Israel for help for almost a month since the Russian invasion. He addressed Israeli lawmakers via video on Sunday and made an appeal for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

He called on Israel to impose sanctions on Russia. Zelensky went on to compare the attack in Ukraine to the Holocaust, which angered some Israeli lawmakers.

President Biden will hold telephone talks with European leaders this morning. The call was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The White House said the leaders would “discuss their coordinated response to Russia’s unwarranted and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”

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