The war between Russia and Ukraine has intensified. In Mariupol, Ukrainian forces have refused to surrender to Russian forces. Russian forces, meanwhile, have warned that Ukrainian troops will have to surrender or face death.
It's been 50 days since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. Russia has attacked several cities in Ukraine, but some have been forced to withdraw. Russia has stepped in after a Russian warship sank in the Black Sea. Russia has launched a significant offensive against Mariupol, an important island in Ukraine. There is a steel factory in the area where the Ukrainian army is resisting the Russian army. Ukrainian troops have rejected the offer of surrender by the Russian military. Ukrainian troops had warned to surrender or face death. However, the Ukrainian military has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating, "Similar, baseless allegations concerning Ukraine's intelligence have been made more than once.
It is known that Russia has taken control of many places in Mariupol. Mariupol, a key city in Ukraine, is now expected to fall to Russia. Russian forces have reportedly blocked access and exit routes to Mariupol. Passes are being issued to civilians in Mariupol by the Russian military. If they want to go to another place in the city, they have to show the pass.
Russia launched the war on February 24 by invading Ukraine. Russia has since regained control of Mariupol after a series of military operations. If Russia completely takes over the city of Mariupol, it will be their most significant victory.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Now it looks like Ukraine will have to lose another important island in the form of Mariupol. Mariupol was also an important industrial area. The Russian military had earlier said that Ukraine had wholly withdrawn its troops from the city of Mariupol.
Ukraine's military is fighting despite a seven-week siege of the Russian city of Mariupol. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that talks could be closed if Ukrainian troops are killed in Mariupol.
Ukrainian troops are stationed at the Azovostal Steel Works Company. This company is known as the largest plant in Europe. Russia estimates that 2,500 Ukrainian and 400 foreign troops are hiding in their plant. The plant has an area of 11 kilometers. Some Ukrainian nationals are also known to be hiding in the company.