Ukraine’s prime minister said Sunday that the strategic port town of Mariupol “has no longer fallen” and that the encircled forces protecting the city from Russian assault will “combat to the cease.”
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal changed into speaking to ABC’s “This Week” hours after a Russian ultimatum for the surrender of these fighters, holed up in a citadel-like steelworks, had expired.
“The city still has not fallen,” he said. “There’s still our military forces, our soldiers. So they will fight to the end.”
In a sign of the desperate situation facing the surrounded forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that if they were killed, peace talks with Moscow would be scrapped.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had already said the talks were at a “dead end.”
Shmyhal said on Sunday that Ukraine wanted a diplomatic solution “if possible,” but added: “If the Russians wouldn’t like negotiations, we’ll fight to the end, absolutely. We will not surrender.
“We won’t leave our country, our families, our land. We will fight to the end.”
Asked about reviews that Putin believes Russia is triumphing the warfare, Shmyhal driven returned.
While several cities are beneath siege, he said, not one — with the exception of Kherson in the south — had fallen. He stated greater than 900 towns and cities were liberated.
The seizure of Mariupol, however, would represent a severe blow to Ukraine, each strategically and symbolically, as it would assist Moscow to open land directly to the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.
Shmyhal again implored Western countries to send more ammunition and weapons to bolster outmanned Ukrainian forces, while also pleading for more financial help.
The country, he said, is seeing a “huge humanitarian catastrophe,” and needs further help “to save our economy for future recovery.”
“Now, only half of our economy is working” and Ukraine faces a huge monthly budget deficit of $5 billion, Shmyhal said.
He said Ukrainian officials would be in Washington in the coming week to press the country’s needs at the spring meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.