Throughout the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been a wild and courageous defiance from those being threatened by the Kremlin. Instead of cowering to the Moscow regime, Ukraine stood tall, and defied the expectation that Russia was going to run roughshod over them.
Now, as the besieged city of Mariupol teeters on the brink of total annihilation, there appears to be no waning of this Ukrainian pride.
Ukrainian forces besieged in Mariupol have rejected Russia’s demands to surrender and are still resisting an unrelenting assault on the southeastern port city, top Ukrainian officials said on Sunday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said the city, which has been surrounded by Russian troops since March 1, has not fallen. Ukrainian troops trapped in the city are holding out against the Russian onslaught despite overwhelming odds. But they are confined to pockets of resistance, and their numbers are unclear.
“There are still our military forces, our soldiers, so they will fight until the end and as for now they are still in Mariupol,” Shmyhal said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Other officials piled on as well.
An adviser to the mayor of Mariupol also rejected the Russian ultimatum earlier on Sunday. Petro Andriushchenko said on Telegram “as of today, our defenders continue to hold the defense.”
Vladimir Putin is said to have believed that the toppling of Ukraine could take as little as 72 hours prior to the invasion’s start, but the unwillingness of the Ukrainians to capitulate has made this war now un-winnable for the Kremlin.
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