Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – Bloodthirsty Putin offers new SURRENDER deadline in Mariupol as situation remains 'severe'

UKRAINIAN fighters in Mariupol have been offered a fresh ultimatumto surrender despite not a single soldier accepting the offer on Tuesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry has given the offer to those who are in an industrial complex in the besieged port city of Mariupol according to a Reuters report.

The Russian Defence Ministry said: "Russia's armed forces, based purely on humanitarian principles, again propose that the fighters of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries cease their military operations from 1400 Moscow time on 20th April and lay down arms."

A similar offer had been made on Tuesday but according to the Russian Ministry of Defence not one soldier surrendered.

Russian-backed fighters are reportedly trying to storm the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol where Ukrainian troops and civilians are said to be holding out.

In a post on Telegram, the Mariupol City Council said that despite the advantage of the many Russian troops in the city, they still have not been able to take Mariupol.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says "the situation in Mariupol remains as severe as possible".

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    All you need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Everything you need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

    • Why is Russia invading Ukraine?
    • Will the UK go to war?
    • How can I join the Ukraine foreign legion?
    • What can I do to help Ukraine?
    • Who is Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy?
    • How much gas does the UK get from Russia?
    • Is Russia a part of Nato?
    • Does Russia have nuclear weapons?
    • Why is Ukraine not in Nato?
    • How big is the Russian army?
    • What is Article 5 of the Nato treaty?
    • What is the Minsk agreement?
    • Which countries were in the Soviet Union?
    • What does the Z mean on Russian tanks? Meaning behind symbols explained

    Why is Russia invading Ukraine?

    In December 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he had no plans to attack Ukraine, however, on February 24, 2022, he launched an attack on the country.

    Putin is believed to want to reclaim many territories lost at the fall of the Soviet Union.

    A month after the war began, Putin offered to end the war if Ukraine gave up the city of Mariupol, but Ukraine denied the chilling ultimatum.

    As a result of the invasion, many countries have implemented sanctions against Russia that have reportedly already begun hurting their economy.

    At this time, it remains unclear if NATO countries will get involved in the war.

    Ukraine deputy minister praises 'pure support' from UK

    The UK's backing of Ukraine is an example of "pure support", the Ukrainian deputy minister for veterans affairs has said at the Invictus Games.

    Inna Drahanchuk said the war is a "genocide of our nation" and there is no philosophy to the Russian onslaught.

    Ms Drahanchuk, head of the governmental delegation for the Ukraine team at The Hague, said coming to the event was a "very difficult" decision for the team to make.

    She told the PA news agency: "They didn't want to leave their friends, the Ukrainian soldiers, because most of our team members are in the battlefields in the east of Ukraine and other territories which were occupied by Russians, and they didn't want to leave their positions."

    But she said it was decided that it could be "one more battlefield for them just to bring this truth here".

    The Ukrainian team have been cheered and applauded by other nations since the Games started at the weekend.

    Asked about the support her country has received from the UK Government, she said the UK is "one of the biggest friends for Ukraine and one of the greatest motivators for us".

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      Boris Johnson among others barred entry to Russia

      Earlier we reported that Russia’s foreign ministry has banned Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and 10 other British government members from entering Russia.

      The move was taken “in view of the unprecedented hostile action by the British government, in particular the imposition of sanctions against senior Russian officials,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it would expand the list soon. 

      Also banned from entering Russia are:

      • Dominic Raab
      • Grant Shapps
      • Priti Patel
      • Rishi Sunak
      • Kwasi Kwarteng
      • Nadine Dorries
      • James Heappey
      • Nicola Sturgeon
      • Suella Braverman
      • Theresa May

      Street battles taking place in Kreminna

      According to reports street battles are taking place in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kreminna.

      Ukraine says Putin’s forces have seized control of Kreminna, which is in the Luhansk region.

      Serhiy Haidai, the regional administrator, says four civilians in the town have died.

      He tells Ukrainian TV that heavy artillery fire left seven residential buildings in flames and targeted a sports complex where the nation’s Olympic team trains.

      Royal Navy’s new £1bn submarine

      The Royal Navy’s new £1billion submarine was pictured being loaded with deadly Tomahawk cruise missiles amid Vladimir Putin’s sinister threats to the West.

      HMS Audacious – armed with rockets that can strike targets 745 miles away – docked in Gibraltar in what appeared to be show of strength.  

      The new vessel was first launched in 2017 and is said to carry 38 weapons in six 21 inch torpedoes with state of the art fibre optic control technology to match.

      The Sun previously reported that more than 39,000 acoustic tiles mask the vessel’s sonar signature, meaning she slips through the seas with less noise than a baby dolphin.

      The 7,400-to BAE Systems-built sub is the fourth of seven Astute class submarines and can circumnavigate the entire globe without surfacing.

      And it’s recent sighting off the Iberian coast is expected to be a tell-tale sign that the UK, and its Nato allies, are bolstering its flanks amid fears that the war in Ukraine could spiral into a wider conflict.  

      Ukraine’s richest man vows to rebuild city of Mariupol

      Ukraine’s richest man has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol.

      Rinat Akhmetov, who owns Ukraine’s biggest steelmaker, Metinvest, said he was sure the country’s “brave soldiers” would defend the southern city.

      He said: “Mariupol is a global tragedy and a global example of heroism. For me, Mariupol has been and will always be a Ukrainian city.

      “I believe that our brave soldiers will defend the city, though I understand how difficult and hard it is for them.”

      Mr Akhmetov addedd: “I talked to people in the streets, I met with workers. My ambition is to return to a Ukrainian Mariupol and implement our (new production) plans so that Mariupol-produced steel can compete in global markets as before.”

      According to Forbes magazine, Mr Akhmetov’s net worth in 2013 reached $15.4 billion and it currently stands at $3.9 billion. 

      “For us, the war broke out in 2014. We lost all of our assets both in Crimea and in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbas. We lost our businesses, but it made us tougher and stronger,” he added. 

      “I am confident that, as the country’s biggest private business, SCM will play a key role in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.

      “We will definitely need an unprecedented international reconstruction programme, a Marshall Plan for Ukraine.

      “I trust that we all will rebuild a free, European, democratic, and successful Ukraine after our victory in this war.” 

      PM calls for more weapons for Ukraine in response to Donbas offensive

      Boris Johnson used a call with US President Joe Biden and other world leaders to stress the "critical need" for further military support for Ukraine as it faces a Russian offensive in the east.

      The Prime Minister told European and north American leaders that sanctions and arms are needed as Vladimir Putin launches a "major Russian offensive" in the Donbas region.

      France's Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Olaf Scholz, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg and the European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen were among other leaders on the call.

      Downing Street said Mr Johnson updated them on his visit to Kyiv earlier this month, and added: "He underscored the critical need for further military support to Ukraine in the face of a major Russian offensive in the Donbas and ongoing attacks elsewhere.

      "The leaders agreed to work together to find a long-term security solution so that Ukraine could never be attacked in this way again. They discussed the need to increase the pressure on Russia with more sanctions against Putin's war machine, as well as further diplomatic isolation.

      "The Prime Minister welcomed President Biden's leadership, and the allies agreed to work closely together in the weeks and months to come."

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        Russia 'will hold ceasefire around Mariupol steel plant'

        A ceasefire will be held in the area around the Azovstal steel and iron works in the southern city of Mariupol on Wednesday, according to the RIA state news agency.

        The agency cited the Russian defence ministry as confirming the move.

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        Heavy shelling of Donbas continues, says MoD

        Russian shelling and strikes on the Donbas line of control continued to increase on Tuesday but Ukrainian forces managed to repel numerous attempted advances, an update from the Ministry of Defence has said.

        "Russian shelling and strikes on the Donbas line of control continue to increase, with the Ukrainians repelling numerous attempted advances by Russian forces," the MoD commented.

        It added: "Russia's ability to progress continues to be impacted by the environmental, logistical and technical challenges that have beset them so far, combined with the resilience of the highly-motivated Ukrainian armed forces".

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        Boris Johnson highlights the need for more military support

        Boris Johnson underscored the need for further military support to be sent to Ukraine in a call with Western leaders today, a readout from his office said.

        "The Prime Minister updated the leaders on his visit to Kyiv earlier this month," the readout said. "He underscored the critical need for further military support to Ukraine in the face of a major Russian offensive in the Donbas and ongoing attacks elsewhere.

        "They discussed the need to increase the pressure on Russia with more sanctions against Putin's war machine, as well as further diplomatic isolation," it said, adding that Johnson had welcomed the leadership from U.S. President Joe Biden.

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        Hundreds of Bucha massacre victims buried in mass grave

        Harrowing images show corpses being buried in a mass grave after hundreds of innocent civilians were massacred in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

        Workers can be seen digging plots and erecting crucifixes on the site as distraught family members said goodbye to their loved ones more than a fortnight after the ruthless killings took place.

        Funerals were conducted by Andriy Holovin, the priest of the Church of St Andrew Pervozvannoho All Saints, as ceremonies were held on behalf of the dead.

        Hancrafted objects were placed on each of the marked gravestones after authorities tragically confirmed that more than 300 had been killed.

        Priest Andriy previously said the bodies had been moved to the site after reporting that the rotten corpses were being feasted upon by dogs in apocalyptic scenes.

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        PM says Britain to give more artillery weapons to Ukraine

         Britain will give more artillery weapons to Ukraine as the conflict with Russia moves into a new phase, Boris Johnson said this evening.

        Speaking in the Commons, the PM said: "This will become an artillery conflict, they need support with more artillery, that is what we will be giving them… in addition to many other forms of support."

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        MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance joins war against Russia in Ukraine

        MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance has left the network to fight in Ukraine’s war against Russia.

        The former naval intelligence officer, 61, appeared on Joy Reid’s program The Reid Out on Monday night wearing full combat gear and carrying a firearm.

        The Ukrainian and American flags could be seen on his body armor.

        Nance spent time in Ukraine before Russia launched the invasion and said he had friends fearing for their survival.

        Speaking from a secure location, Nance told Reid: “The more I saw of the war going on, the more I thought, I’m done talking all right? It’s time to take action here.

        “I am here to help this country fight what essentially is a war of extermination.”

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        In pictures: Russian shelling targets nursery near Kyiv

        A local man walks past the damaged kindergarten in the village of Zalisia, near Kyiv.

        Some cities and villages had recently been recaptured by the Ukrainian army from Russian forces and now people try to restore normal life there.

        Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February resulting in fighting and destruction in the country and triggering a series of severe economic sanctions on Russia by Western countries.

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        Ukraine renews plea for Mariupol humanitarian corridors

        Ukraine has called on Moscow to allow the opening of a humanitarian corridor to let people safely leave the city.

        There are no corridors running today after officials from both countries failed to agree a plan.

        Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk also requested a second corridor from the area of the Azovstal steelworks as the industrial plant is under holdout. This would allow a safe exit route for women, children and other civilians.

        Writing on Telegram, Vereshchuk warned the Russians could be found liable for war crimes if they refused to open exit routes.

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        Russia launches 'hundreds of attacks' on Ukraine in one day

        Vladimir Putin's forces have launched hundreds of attacks on Ukraine in a single day as they seek revenge for the humiliating sinking of the Moskva warship.

        The country's Defence Ministry said it hit more than 300 military targets overnight in the first major missile strike in weeks.

        Vladimir Putin's forces claims to have hit fuel depots, warehouses and other vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, killing six people.

        It comes as the Kremlin rages over the embarrassing sinking of its flagship Moskva by Ukrainian troops over the weekend.

        Read more here.

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        Britain sending Stormer missile launchers to Ukraine

        BORIS Johnson will hand Stormer armoured missile launchers to Ukraine to unleash hell on Mad Vlad Putin’s army.

        Their 17 Starstreak missiles can blitz low-flying jets and helicopters.

        The 13-ton, high-tech launchers can be loaded on to C-17 transport planes and flown to the war in days.

        They only need a crew of three — a driver, commander and gunner.

        Read more here.

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        New Kharkiv shelling leaves three dead

        At least three people were killed and 21 were injured in renewed Russian shelling on Ukraine's second city of Kharkiv today, local authorities said.

        The announcement came a day after strikes on the city, which lies close to the Russian border, killed five people.

        "At the current time in Kharkiv, three people have unfortunately died," regional governor Oleg Sinegubov said on Telegram.

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        Ministers criticised for slow delivery of Ukraine humanitarian aid

        Ministers have been criticised for the slow delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine following the disclosure that less than a third of the £220 million promised has so far been sent.

        The chair of the Commons International Development Committee Sarah Champion said she was "shocked and disappointed" after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that as of the end of March, the Government was "on track" to have disbursed up to £60 million.

        In a letter to the committee dated April 1, Ms Truss said: "We are scaling up at speed whilst ensuring that risks are managed appropriately and aid is targeted effectively."

        In a statement, Ms Champion said: "I am shocked and disappointed that less than £60 million of the UK's promised £220 million humanitarian aid package for Ukraine has been delivered so far.

        "On March 9, I urged the Prime Minister to make sure the UK's pledges for Ukraine are disbursed quickly. Today, more than a month later, it is shameful that I have to repeat that urgent appeal.

        "More than 12 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian support, as well as four million people who have fled the country. These people need our help now – not at some vague future date."

        At a briefing on Tuesday, a UK official said about £120 million has been allocated and £60 million delivered to recipients, but said "we'd expect that to speed up now".

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        Commander of Russian Black Sea ship is killed

        Putin has suffered another blow as the commander of a Russian Black Sea vessel has been killed days after the humiliating sinking of the Moskva flagship.

        Captain Alexander Chirva died from wounds sustained in a battle with Ukrainian defenders, said the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev.

        Chirva was commander of the large landing ship Caesar Kunikov, which is part of the Black Sea Fleet.  

        Razvozhayev failed to give more details about the circumstances of the captain’s death.

        There were reports that the Caesar Kunikov was hit by Ukrainian fire on March 24, but it is unclear if this was the incident which led to the captain’s death. 

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        Ukrainian refugee leads out Gillingham FC in front of thousands of fans

        A Ukrainian refugee was treated to a football supporter's dream day out just days after arriving in the UK as he led Gillingham out in front of thousands of fans.

        Daniel Lysak, 11, fled his home near Lviv in western Ukraine with his mother, Yana, and arrived in England on Friday April 8 to their UK sponsor's house in Folkestone, Kent.

        Less than two weeks later, he led the home side out at Priestfield Stadium with captain Stuart O'Keefe ahead of their crucial League One fixture against Fleetwood Town.

        Daniel's British host and Gillingham fan Malcolm Bell said he was "incredibly proud" to watch Daniel walk out with his son Freddie.

        Mr Bell said: "I'm going to use the word overwhelming, it really was.

        "To see my boys there and to see Daniel there was an incredibly proud moment.

        "Then as I was walking off the pitch with them, Stuart O'Keefe came up and shook my hand and looked me in the eye and said 'have a good game'. That meant the world to me."

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        PM: Ukraine remains in a ‘perilous position’ (2/2)

        The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the national security official had said Russia would seek to exploit its advantage in troop numbers, but experience had shown this was "unlikely to be decisive on its own".

        The spokesman said: "There were some signs that Russia had not learned lessons from previous setbacks in northern Ukraine and there was evidence of troops being committed to the fight in a piecemeal fashion.

        "Reports of poor Russian morale continue with claims of some Russian troops and even units refusing to fight".

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        PM: Ukraine remains in a 'perilous position' (1/2)

        Ukraine remains in a "perilous" position despite recent setbacks suffered by the invading Russian forces, Boris Johnson has warned.

        The Prime Minister told the weekly meeting of the Cabinet that President Vladimir Putin had been angered by the defeats inflicted on his troops but remained "determined to claim some sort of victory regardless of the human cost".

        Ministers were briefed by a senior national security official who said the next phase of the war – focusing on the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine – was likely to be "an attritional conflict" which could last "several months".

        Mr Johnson – who stressed the need to step up international support to Ukraine – is due to discuss the latest situation in a conference call with US President Joe Biden and European and Canadian leaders on Tuesday.

        In his nightly address on Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops had begun the battle for Donbas – which is part-held by pro-Moscow separatists – for which they had been preparing "for a long time".

        "A very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive," he said.

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