Ukraine rejects Russia’s demand to surrender Mariupol by Monday morning

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said early Monday that surrendering the eastern port city of Mariupol is not an option and demanded that Russian forces allow the safe passage of civilians.

The statement comes after Russia’s ministry of defense called on Ukraine to surrender the besieged city by 5 a.m. local time on Monday, adding that it would open humanitarian corridors for residents and troops who lay down arms.

The governor of the Sumy region said there has been an ammonia leak at a chemicals plant on Monday as a result of a Russian airstrike.

Emergency services in the capital, Kyiv, said at least four people have been killed on Monday after Russian shelling of residential housing and a shopping district.

President Biden will visit Poland on Friday, March 25, and meet with the Polish president, the White House announced.

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