Russia Sets New Deadline For Ukraine Army To Surrender In Mariupol
Russia–Russia gave a fresh ultimatum to Ukrainian fighters to surrender on Wednesday as Russian troops pushed for a decisive victory in its new eastern offensive. Russian troops backed by artillery and rockets are advancing to capture the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, prompting Western governments to pledge more military help to Kyiv. The Ukrainian officials have called it the Battle of the Donbas. Earlier, the Russian troops seized the city of Kreminna.
Kreminna is the first city to have been taken by Russian forces since they launched a new offensive in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Russia’s nearly eight-week-long invasion has taken longer than many expected. Russia has failed to capture any of the largest cities of Ukraine, forcing Moscow to refocus on separatist regions.
A Ukrainian presidential adviser said late on Tuesday that Russia was hitting the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol with bunker-buster bombs. Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter, “The world watches the murder of children online and remains silent.” The United States, Canada, and Britain said they would send more artillery weapons to Ukraine to fight the Russian forces. United States President Joe Biden is also expected to announce a new military aid package for Ukrainians.
According to Reuters, capturing Donbas and the southern port city of Mariupol would be beneficial for Russia. It will help Russia to establish a land link between eastern Ukraine and the Crimea region that Russia seized and annexed in 2014. Before launching the war on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that NATO pull its troops back from Russia’s borders. Consequently, Russia began deploying big numbers of troops close to Ukraine’s borders. Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February. According to the United Nations, over 1.2 million people have fled from Ukraine to neighbouring countries because of the Russia-Ukraine war.