Ukrainian PM: We will fight to the end in Mariupol

Israel National News reports: “Ukraine on Sunday vowed to fight to the end in Mariupol, after a Russian ultimatum expired for remaining forces to surrender in port city where Moscow is pushing for a major strategic victory, AFP reports.

‘The city still has not fallen,’ Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said hours after Moscow’s deadline had passed for fighters holed up and surrounded in a sprawling fortress-like steelworks to surrender.

‘There’s still our military forces, our soldiers. So they will fight to the end,’ he stated in an interview with ABC’s ‘This Week’.

Moscow has shifted its military focus to gaining control of the eastern Donbas region and forging a land corridor to already-annexed Crimea.

Russia’s defense ministry said Sunday there were up to 400 mercenaries inside the encircled Azovstal steel plant, calling on Ukrainian forces inside to ‘lay down their arms and surrender in order to save their lives’.

Moscow claims Kyiv has ordered fighters of the nationalist Azov battalion to ‘shoot on the spot’ anyone wanting to surrender…”

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