Give Up Or Die

Despite the ‘extremely severe’ situation in Mariupol, Zelensky has called on the west to provide the country with heavy weapons

Russia has issued a chilling warning to Ukrainian soldiers as it ordered the last defenders of besieged Mariupol to lay down their arms, but Volodymyr Zelensky warned the Kremlin was attempting to kill everyone there.

Moscow gave Ukrainian soldiers an ultimatum to surrender or die by 3 am GMT on Sunday after the Russian Defence Ministry claimed their troops had cleared the urban area of the city, with only a small unit of Ukrainian soldiers remaining in the giant Azovastal steelworks in the southeastern port.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, only one small unit of Ukrainian fighters remains in the giant Azovstal steelworks in the south-eastern port after Moscow gave Ukrainian forces an ultimatum to surrender or die by 3am GMT on Sunday.

In a statement, the defence ministry said that the Russian Armed Forces offer the militants of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries from 6 am (Moscow time) on April 17, 2022, to stop any hostilities and lay down their arms. All who lay down their arms are assured that their lives will be spared.

With the last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol refusing to surrender and accept Russia’s now expired ultimatum, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Kremlin was intentionally attempting to kill everyone who was there.

He said Ukraine needs more heavy weapons from the West immediately to have any possibility of saving the port city on the Sea of Azov as Russian airstrikes continue on Mariupol, according to Ukraine’s military.

He said either their partners give Ukraine all of the required heavy weapons, the planes, and without exaggeration immediately, so that they can relieve the pressure of the occupiers on Mariupol and break the blockade, or they do so through negotiations, in which the role of their partners should be decisive.

Were it to fall, it would be the first major city to be taken by Russian forces since the attack started on February 24.

It comes as the Ukrainian MP for Odesa, Oleksiy Goncharenko, told BBC News that the last defenders in Mariupol won’t surrender to Russia.

He said that he talked with them and that he knows that they were going to fight until the end.

Goncharenko referred to the ongoing siege of Mariupol as a real genocide and said it was believed that more than 20,000 people had been destroyed in the port city.

Earlier Mr Zelensky had told Ukrainian reporters that the situation in Mariupol, which had come at a horrific cost to trapped and starved civilians, could scuttle attempts to negotiate an end to the war.

A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had been forced out of most of the city and remained only in the Azovstal steel mill, where tunnels allow the defenders to hide and resist until they run out of ammunition.

But are we to trust anything that’s reported on this war? I’m not suggesting that this war isn’t real, I’m just saying what do we believe when the tabloids report the news to us?

Reporting is never 100 per cent correct. Possibly 80 to 90 per cent accurate, if you’re lucky. You only have to see the images to get a real insight into what’s actually going on out there.

And I’m guessing that it would now be sensible for Ukraine to surrender, even if they don’t want to, but it’s not worth it for Zelensky to encourage people to become martyrs. Maybe he thinks they’re worth more dead than alive – for propaganda purposes, of course, but then most dictators are control monsters and that’s how they get into the roles they’re in today, with lies and menacing behaviour towards their populations, but then the Kremlin is planning to take possession of a city that no longer exists because Vladimir Putin has made sure of it.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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