Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke with British and Swedish leaders on Saturday about how best to help Mariupol defenders and the tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside the besieged city. Mariupol’s fate can be decided either through battle or through diplomacy, he said. Zelenskyy said the situation in Mariupol remains inhumane and Russia is deliberately trying to destroy everyone there.
Meanwhile, Russia has asked Ukrainian forces fighting in the besieged southern port of Mariupol to lay down their arms from 6 a.m. Moscow time (0300 GMT) on Sunday to save their lives.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its troops cleared the urban area of Mariupol and only a small contingent of Ukrainian fighters remained inside a steelworks in the city on Saturday.
Russian air raids and missile strikes also hit Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and other major cities on Saturday, as Moscow launched longer-range attacks after the sinking of the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet.
In addition, the head of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, met with crew members of the sunken missile cruiser Moskva and said they would continue to serve in the navy, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday. .
First post: STI