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Zelensky REJECTS Putin’s shock demand to surrender Mariupol to Russia today as 300k face starvation


UKRAINE have made the decision to reject a Russian demand to lay down arms and give up the city of Mariupol this morning, saying there was “no question of any surrender”.

It is understood that around 300,000 people are believed to be trapped with dwindling supplies within the city.

Russia had offered that upon surrender two humanitarian corridors would remain open, however this was never guaranteed.

Russian military had given Ukraine until 05:00 Moscow time (02:00 GMT) on Monday to announce the city’s surrender.

Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister was quoted by Ukrainska Pravda news outlet as saying: “There can be no question of any surrender, laying down of arms,”

The consequences of this decision are not yet known as Moscow did not specify what its troops would do if the surrender ultimatum was rejected.

The news comes as Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces have sent yet ANOTHER deadly hypersonic missile at Ukraine, sparking WW3 fears.

The Kalibr weapon, which can travel at up to five times the speed of sound, is so powerful that it has been dubbed ‘The Sizzler’ by NATO.

It comes a day after Russia launched a ‘Kinzhal’ (Dagger) hypersonic missile on Friday, the first time such a weapon has been used since the start of the Ukraine war.

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Ammonia leak update

    Russian shelling led to an ammonia leak at a chemical plant near the city of Sumy, according to officials.

    It is now understood that a 50-ton tank of the poison gas was damaged when the Sumykhimprom facility was hit by Russian shelling

    This is what created an ammonia cloud according to officials.

    The cloud affected an area of about 2.5km, the region’s governor, Dmytro Zhyvytskyy, said.

  • GMB viewers all saying the same thing after Brit fled home to fight in Ukraine

    Good Morning Britain viewers have slammed a 19-year-old Brit with no military experience who fled home to fight in Ukraine.

    ‘Alex’, who appeared in the studio alongside his mum, returned home after just six days in the war-torn Eastern European country once he realised the horror of the situation.

    He is now warning others like him from making the journey to fight invading Russian forces.

    The former army cadet’s mum ‘Lisa’ revealed she thought her son was joking when he told her he was travelling to Ukraine at 11pm the night before he disappeared.

    Explaining his reasoning, ‘Alex’, who described his journey as a ‘suicide mission’, said: “I was watching children walking with no family members and it just hit me that I needed to stand up and do something.”

    Viewers had little sympathy for ‘Alex’, with many claiming he was playing out a Call of Duty fantasy.

    One wrote on Twitter: “This kid is a complete idiot, probably just played Call of Duty and thought he knew what he was doing.”

  • Why is Mariupol a key target?

    Mariupol has been one of Putin’s prime targets since the conflict kicked off due to its strategic location.

    As a result, the port city has suffered some of the heaviest bombardment – but Ukrainian resistance fighters have refused to relent.

    The decision not to surrender may prove tough for some as food, water and medical supplies are beginning to run out.

  • 2.1 million refugees flee Ukraine

    An update now on the latest figures on refugees fleeing Ukraine.

    It has been reported that more than 2.1 million people have fled Ukraine for Poland.

    Around 2,114,000 have left since the war began, the Polish Border Guard said on Monday.

    On Sunday alone, 33,800 people crossed the frontier, the agency wrote on Twitter.

  • Russian top brass ‘plan to POISON Vladimir Putin’

    Ukrainian intelligence has claimed that members of the Russian elite are planning to poison Vladimir Putin.

    The Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has said that “a group of influential” Kremlin insiders have been plotting to oust Putin.

    The goal of the “Russian elite” is to supposedly remove the president from power as soon as possible before restoring economic ties with the West.

    According to the brief, the Ukrainian intelligence service also claims that a successor to Putin has already been lined up in the shape of FSB director Oleksandr Bortnikov, reports The Mirror.

    Powerful insiders are allegedly dismayed at the ramifications of the war and the sanctions imposed on the Russian economy.

    The Chief Directorate of Intelligence said: “It is known that Bortnikov and some other influential representatives of the Russian elite are considering various options to remove Putin from power.

    “In particular, poisoning, sudden disease, or any other ‘coincidence’ is not excluded.”

  • Chelsea could ‘face administration & point deduction’

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could plunge his crisis-gripped club into administration – if he ‘refuses’ to flog it to a country that has sanctioned Russian oligarchs, it has been claimed.

    The billionaire could influence the club’s sale despite having had all his assets seized by the British Government, according to The Mail on Sunday.

    If Chelsea were forced into administration it would see them hit with a nine-point deduction, putting their top four and Champions League hopes in jeopardy.

    Abramovich – who has owned Chelsea since 2003 – has hired The Raine Group to flog the West London club.

    He reportedly has the power to veto bids from potential buyers in the United States and Britain, the sources claimed.

    The Sun Online have approached The Raine Group, the office of Mr Abramovich and Chelsea FC for comment.

  • Seven Russian air targets hit

    The Ukranian Armed Forces has this morning released its daily update on the invasion.

    They said that the Ukrainian Air Force hit seven Russian targets earlier on Sunday.

    They went on to say that the “position and nature of the actions of the defence forces have not changed significantly” over the past day.

  • ‘Ukrainians deported to work camps’

    Vladimir Putin was likened to Adolf Hitler yesterday after reports his invading troops were forcibly deporting Ukranians to sinister Russian work camps.

    Up to 5,000 residents were bundled away from the besieged city of Mariupul — with many taken to Taganrog in south-western Russia to support Putin’s deranged claim he was “liberating” Ukraine.

    Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko likened Moscow’s actions to “the horrific events of World War Two, when the Nazis forcibly captured people”

    Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional administration, said: “The occupiers are sending the residents of Mariupol to filtration camps, checking their phones and seizing their Ukrainian documents.”

    Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun told Times Radio yesterday people were being taken to “very distant parts of Russia” and “forced to sign papers saying that they will stay in that area for two or three years and they will work for free in those areas”.

    Asked if this was slave labour, she said: “It is, yes. It is.”

  • Ammonia leak contained

    It had been previously reported this morning of concerns in the city of Sumy about an ammonia leak at a chemical plant.

    The region’s governor said it’d been caused by Russian shelling.

    Authorities have now managed to contain the leak after two hours, Dmytro Zhyvytskyy said.

    He said: “Emergency crews are working to settle the ammonia cloud. There is no threat to the population.”

  • ‘Putin must not win this war’

    “Putin must not win this war,” Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, adding that it was “heartbreaking” to see what Russia is doing in Ukraine.

    “There are some capabilities that are too expensive for any individual state, but if we do them together here in Europe to protect our territories, we are stronger,” she said, nations should move to isolate Russia “at all the political levels that is possible.”

    Kallas also added: “We can only have a peacekeeping mission if we have peace, but you know, if you look at what is happening in Ukraine, peace is nothing that we see there.

    “It’s a war that is going on, and I don’t see that Russia has any intention of doing anything to achieve peace. So first we should have peace, then, to keep it”.

    “Sometimes in order to achieve peace, we have to have the willingness to use military power.”

  • Fortnite to give proceeds in support of Ukraine

    Epic Games has announced that between 20 March and 3 April it will give all proceeds from Fortnite to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

    In a statement, the gaming giant said Xbox-owner Microsoft would also be doing the same, and proceeds would be going to charity Direct Relief, as well as three UN agencies, including the World Food Programme.

    All gamers will be able to use their real-money Fortnite purchases to support the system, including V-Buck packs and gifted Battle Passes.

  • Russia strikes training ground

    Russia has fired two missiles at a military training ground in Rivne, in west Ukraine, it has been reported by the BBC.

    Vitaliy Koval, the head of the regional administration has made the claims in a video statement.

    He said the strikes happened on the morning of March 21.

  • Surrender ultimatum rejected

    UKRAINE have made the decision to reject a Russian demand to lay down arms and give up the city of Mariupol this morning, saying there was “no question of any surrender”.

    It is understood that around 300,000 people are believed to be trapped with dwindling supplies within the city.

    Russia had offered that upon surrender two humanitarian corridors would remain open, however this was never guaranteed.

    Russian military had given Ukraine until 05:00 Moscow time (02:00 GMT) on Monday to announce the city’s surrender.

    Ukraine’s deputy Prime Minister was quoted by Ukrainska Pravda news outlet as saying: “There can be no question of any surrender, laying down of arms,”

    The consequences of this decision are not yet known as Moscow did not specify what its troops would do if the surrender ultimatum was rejected.

  • Negotiation is only way out of war, Zelensky says

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ton Sunday renewed his plea for talks with Vladimir Putin, saying negotiations were the only way to “end this war.”

    “I’m ready for negotiations with him,” Zelensky told CNN show Fareed Zakaria GPS.

    “I think without negotiations we cannot end this war,” the Ukrainian leader said through a translator.

    Zelensky continued to say: “If there is just one percent chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance… to have the possibility of negotiating, the possibility of talking to Putin.

    “Dialogue is the only way out,” and “I think it’s just the two of us, me and Putin, who can make an agreement on this.

    “If these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third world war.”

  • PM pledges continued military support in Zelensky call

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to continue military support for Ukraine in a call with Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday afternoon.

    “The Prime Minister outlined the UK’s ongoing commitment to work alongside international partners to coordinate support to strengthen Ukraine’s self-defence,” Downing Street said in a statement.

    “Both leaders stressed the continued importance of sanctions in exerting pressure on Putin, and they condemned the abhorrent attacks on innocent civilians, following the appalling bombings in Mariupol,” it said.

  • Some Chernobyl workers FINALLY able to leave

    After being effectively held hostage by Russian troops for more than three weeks, 64 workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine were able to leave on Sunday evening.

    They have been replaced by 46 employees who volunteered to travel to the plant.

    Around 200 shift workers and members of the Ukrainian National Guard were stuck at the power plant since 24 February.

    According to reports, the workers were trapped with food and medicines in short supply. They were forced to sleep on whatever they could find – the floor, tables, and a few small camp beds.

  • Failure on Putin to talk ‘will mean WWIII’

    Ukraine is ready to negotiate with Vladimir Putin, president Volodymyr Zelensky.

    He also gave a stark warning that Russian failure to engage in talks could result in the Third World War.

    In an interview with CNN, Zelensky said: “I am ready to negotiate with him. I have been ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations we will not be able to end this war.

    “I think that we should use any format, any chance, to be able to negotiate, an opportunity to talk to Putin. But if these attempts fail, it will mean that this is the Third World War.”

  • Zelensky compares Russian invasion to WW2

    President Zelensky has compared the Russian invasion of Ukraine to World War Two.

    He says the invasion is “not a military operation”.

    “It’s a full scale war aimed at the destruction of our people, the destruction of our children, families, statehood, cities, cultures and everything that makes them Ukrainian.”

    “That’s why I have the right to draw this parallel in history. Our wars for survival and the Second World War.”

  • Chelsea ‘face administration & point deduction’

    CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich could plunge his crisis-gripped club into administration – if he ‘refuses’ to flog it to a country that has sanctioned Russian oligarchs, it has been claimed.

    The billionaire could influence the club’s sale despite having had all his assets seized by the British Government, according to The Mail on Sunday.

    If Chelsea were forced into administration it would see them hit with a nine-point deduction, putting their top four and Champions League hopes in jeopardy.

    Abramovich – who has owned Chelsea since 2003 – has hired The Raine Group to flog the West London club.

    He reportedly has the power to veto bids from potential buyers in the United States and Britain, the sources claimed.

    The Sun Online have approached The Raine Group, the office of Mr Abramovich and Chelsea FC for comment.

  • DRAMATIC Call Of Duty-style footage shows the dramatic moment Ukrainian forces blast a Russian tank.

    Vladimir Putin’s troops can be seen running for cover after the Russian tank – with a distinctive Z marking on it – is shelled.

    The shocking video, reportedly from the notorious far-right Azov Regiment in Ukraine, shows an amphibious BTR-4 fire on two Russian vehicles in Mariupol, southern Ukraine.

    A BTR-4 is a Ukrainian amphibious armoured personnel carrier, first used in the previous Russia-Ukraine war in 2014.

    It comes equipped with a 30mm cannon as standard.

    The Russian vehicles struck in the latest video are reportedly a BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier and a T-72B3 tank.

    In the video, taken from inside the BTR-4, the gunner follows the tracks of the Russian tank on camera, striking first the Russian armoured personnel carrier concealed behind a wall of tyres and boxes.

    The BTR-4’s 30mm cannon is operated by remote control. A photoelectric camera system projects the outside image onto a screen inside the vehicle.

    All of the other aiming work is carried out by the computer, making the shooting reaction speed extremely fast.

  • David Beckham uses his Instagram account to speak up

    David Beckham handed control of his social media accounts to Iryna, the head of the regional perinatal centre in Kharkiv, north-east Ukraine.

    “It was a terrible three hours that we spent together”, she said. “The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to work with bombings and strikes.”

    Iryna then introduced Mr Beckham’s followers to Yana, whose home was destroyed after her son Mykhailo was born on the second day of war.

    “We are probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work,” she said. “Doctors and nurses here, we worry, we cry, but none of us will give up.”

  • Milica Cosic now signing off. Thank you for reading my coverage today. My colleague Louis Allwood will be back with you from 8am tomorrow.

  • Eleven ‘pro-Russia’ parties banned in Ukraine

    Eleven Ukrainian political parties have been suspended because of their alleged links with Russia.

    Volodymyr Zelensky said: “The activities of those politicians aimed at division or collusion will not succeed, but will receive a harsh response.

    “Therefore, the national security and defence council decided, given the full-scale war unleashed by Russia, and the political ties that a number of political structures have with this state, to suspend any activity of a number of political parties for the period of martial law.”

    The parties are: Opposition Platform for Life, Shariy’s Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left Opposition, Union of Left Forces, Derzhava, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialist Party of Ukraine, the Socialists, and Volodymyr Saldo’s Bloc.

  • Russia offers humanitarian corridors from Mariupol

    Russia’s defence ministry has offered to open humanitarian corridors from Mariupol starting tomorrow.

    They will be going east and west out of the besieged city.

    In a statement, Gen Mikhail Mizintsev proposed opening the corridors from 10am Moscow time (07:00 GMT).

    Then from 12pm, humanitarian convoys with food, medicine and other supplies would be granted safe passage into the city from both directions, he said.

  • ‘Putin must not win this war’

    “Putin must not win this war,” Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told CNN’s Jake Tapper today, adding that it was “heartbreaking” to see what Russia is doing in Ukraine.

    “There are some capabilities that are too expensive for any individual state, but if we do them together here in Europe to protect our territories, we are stronger,” she said, nations should move to isolate Russia “at all the political levels that is possible.”

    Kallas also added: “We can only have a peacekeeping mission if we have peace, but you know, if you look at what is happening in Ukraine, peace is nothing that we see there.

    “It’s a war that is going on, and I don’t see that Russia has any intention of doing anything to achieve peace. So first we should have peace, then, to keep it”.

    “Sometimes in order to achieve peace, we have to have the willingness to use military power.”





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