Ukraine rejected a Russian demand to give up the besieged city of Mariupol by 05:00 on Monday morning Moscow time, saying there was “no question of any surrender”
The Russian Ministry of Defense had said it would allow safe passage for people out of the city in exchange for defenders laying down their arms.
Ukraine’s president accuses Russia of war crimes in Mariupol, where heavy fighting has now reached the city center.
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An estimated 90% of the besieged city buildings have been damaged or destroyed.
Mariupol has been surrounded by Russian forces, which have prevented the creation of corridors to allow the distribution of humanitarian aid.
Around 300,000 residents are trapped inside, with no electricity, running water or heating.