July 25, 2024

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Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand To Surrender Mariupol

Ukraine has rejected a Russian offer to allow two safe corridors out of the besieged city of Mariupol in exchange for Ukrainian fighters laying down their arms.

Ukraine has rejected a Russian offer to allow two safe corridors out of the besieged city of Mariupol in exchange for Ukrainian fighters laying down their arms.

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, said residents of the southern port city were given until 5 a.m. Monday to respond.Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk rejected the idea outright.

“There can be no talk of any surrender, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this.” she said. “I wrote: ‘Instead of wasting time on eight pages of letters, just open the corridor.'”

About a quarter of Ukraine’s population has been displaced less than a month into Russia’s invasion, according to the United Nations.

Ukraine’s population has already been declining for years, dropping from over 50 million in the 1990s to 43 million in 2022.

Now, 10 million more Ukrainians or roughly 25% have either been displaced inside their country or have fled as refugees to other countries as Russian forces continue their siege of residential communities.

Hundreds of thousands have recently fled the port city of Mariupol, where Russian forces have been accused of bombing civilian shelters. The Russian military promised safety Sunday to the remaining Ukrainians in Mariupol if they flee the city via humanitarian corridors, but Ukrainian authorities quickly rejected the offer.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that as of Monday, eight humanitarian corridors have agreed to evacuate residents of areas affected by the Russian invasion, including Mariupol.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden will host a call Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “discuss their coordinated responses to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” the White House said.

After nearly a month straight of working at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant since Russian forces seized it on Feb. 24, 50 staff members who had been working have been rotated out, the plant’s management said.