Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, encircled by Russians, appear to ignore calls to surrender
A Sunday morning deadline for Ukrainian forces to surrender in the besieged city of Mariupol has passed without any indication that Ukraine has given in to the Russian ultimatum. Meanwhile, Russia is launching artillery and missile strikes against cities and civilians in Ukraine's east and south.
Here's more context to understand Ukraine and the impact of the invasion:
- War is crystallizing calls from young Ukrainian leaders for a future more aligned with Europe.
- Russian forces renewed missile strikes on Kyiv and intensified shelling of Kharkiv, in an apparent strategy to hobble Ukraine's defenses ahead of an expected full-scale assault in the east.
- Pope Francis made an anguished Easter Sunday plea for peace in the war in Ukraine.
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