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No sign of surrender in Mariupol after Russian ultimatum

A man walks near a destroyed residential building in the besieged southeastern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 17. (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

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The last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol showed no signs of surrender Sunday, and Russian officials warned that the holdouts “will all be eliminated” as Moscow’s forces seek to complete their takeover of the strategically important southeastern port city.

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Russia targeted Mariupol early in its invasion and has besieged it for weeks. A Washington-based think tank reported that Kremlin troops probably captured the city’s port area Saturday, reducing the resistance there to a steel plant and isolated pockets around Mariupol. The think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, projected Russian forces could capture the city in the coming weeks, but it said the final assaults probably would “cost them dearly.”

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, five people were killed and at least 13 wounded in the latest attack in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is expected to intensify its offensive in the days ahead.

In Kyiv, the mayor is urging residents against returning despite the withdrawal of the invading forces, and a Russian missile attack struck a town in the capital region early Sunday, officials said.

Here’s what to know

  • Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Sunday that his country is running a $5 billion-a-month deficit and needs financial assistance. He is expected to visit Washington this week.
  • Russian forces are issuing passes for movement around the areas they control in Mariupol. Starting in the coming days, they will be required for anyone leaving their homes, said Petro Andrushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol’s mayor.
  • Moscow did not agree to cease-fires to allow humanitarian evacuations on Sunday, a top Ukrainian official said, hampering the dire ongoing rescue effort.
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