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Ukraine refuses to surrender Mariupol

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* Biden to travel to Poland
* 10 million Ukrainians forced to flee homes – UNHCR
* Russian missile strikes on strongholds of Ukrainian ‘nationalists’
As heavy bombardment follows, Mariupol forced to bury dead on roadside in makeshift graves. Here, people dig a grave for victims killed during Ukraine-Russia conflict in a street in the besieged southern port city.

RUSSIA,UKRAINE,US:Ukraine on Monday rejected Russian calls to surrender the port city of Mariupol, where residents are besieged with little food, water and power and fierce fighting shows little sign of easing.

“There can be no question of any surrender, laying down of arms,” the Ukrainska Pravda news portal cited Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk as saying early on Monday.

“We have already informed the Russian side about this.”

Russia earlier called on Ukrainian forces in Mariupol to lay down their arms, saying a “terrible humanitarian catastrophe” was unfolding.

Mariupol has suffered some of the heaviest bombardments since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Many of its 400,000 residents remain trapped with little if any food, water and power. Fighting continued inside the city on Sunday, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said, without elaborating.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden will travel to Poland on Friday to meet with President Andrzej Duda for discussions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the White House said yesterday.

“The President will discuss how the United States, alongside our Allies and partners, is responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine has created,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday said that 10 million Ukrainian refugees have fled abroad or been displaced inside the country in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi said that millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes due to escalating fights between Russia and Ukraine, reported NHK World.

The office of the UNHCR said that as of Saturday the number of Ukrainians who fled abroad had topped 3.38 million.

It added that nearly two-thirds of the refugees, about 2.05 million, had evacuated to Poland and about 180,000 were sheltering in Russia, reported NHK World.

Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration said that as of Wednesday, the number of displaced people inside Ukraine was estimated to be 6.48 million.

Meanwhile, The Russian Aerospace Forces have launched rocket attacks on the strongholds of Ukrainian “nationalists”, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said.

According to the Ministry, the forces carried out the strikes in pairs from low and extremely low altitudes, RT News reported.

“As a result of an air strike, a stronghold of a company of Ukrainian nationalists and camouflaged armoured vehicles were destroyed,” it said.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – 01:00

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