Ukraine has rejected the Russian force’s offer that its resisters surrender in the besieged city of Mariupol, as the street war intensifies.
Russia demanded that Ukrainians lay down their arms Monday in exchange for safe passage out of the town.
The Russian demand came hours after Ukrainian authorities said Moscow’s forces bombed an art school that was sheltering about 400 people.
Russian forces would allow two corridors out of the coastal city, heading either east toward Russia or west to other parts of Ukraine, the Russian news agency TASS reported.
It cited a statement from Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center.
TASS reported that Mariupol residents had been given until 5 a.m. Monday to respond to the offer.
But Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk rejected the notion.
“There can be no talk of any surrender, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this,” she told the news outlet Ukrainian Pravda.