Zelensky warns Kremlin is preparing to destroy Donbas before targeting Kyiv and calls for weapons

Zelensky warns Kremlin is preparing to destroy Donbas before targeting Kyiv and calls for weapons

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that Russian forces are carrying out ‘torture and kidnappings’ – and called on Western allies to reinforce Ukraine’s weapons arsenal. 

In a nine-minute video address shared on Facebook tonight, Zelensky said southern Ukraine had been ravaged by Russian torture squads. 

He said: ‘Torture chambers are built there. They abduct representatives of local governments and anyone deemed visible to local communities.’

Zelenskyy said humanitarian aid has been stolen, creating famine. In occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, he said, the Russians are creating separatist states and introducing Russian currency, the ruble.

Intensified Russian shelling of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, has killed 18 people and wounded 106 in the last four days alone, Zelenskyy said.

‘This is nothing but deliberate terror. Mortars, artillery against ordinary residential neighborhoods, against ordinary civilians,’ he said.

On an offensive in the east, Zelensky added: ‘We are doing everything to ensure defense. We are in constant contact with partners. We are grateful to those who really help with everything they can.

‘But those who have the weapons and ammunition we need and delay their provision must know that the fate of this battle also depends on them. The fate of people who can be saved. 

Earlier, in a CNN interview, he said it was vital Ukraine held Donbas, or Russia could press on to take Kyiv. He said: ‘This is why it is very important for us to not allow them, to stand our ground, because this battle … it can influence the course of the whole war.’ 

Zelensky again called for increased sanctions against Russia, including its entire banking sector and oil industry. ‘Everyone in Europe and America already sees Russia openly using energy to destabilize Western societies,’ Zelenskyy said. ‘All of this requires greater speed from Western countries in preparing a new, powerful package of sanctions.’ 

His words come as the last defenders of Mariupol ignored Russia’s ‘surrender or die’ warning and vowed to fight until the end. 

The Ukrainian MP for Odesa, Oleksiy Goncharenko, told BBC News: ‘I spoke with themyesterday, and I know that they’re going to fight until the end.’ 

Russia gave Ukrainian soldiers an ultimatum to ‘surrender or die’, urging them to lay down their arms by 6:00 am Moscow time (0300 GMT) and to evacuate before 1:00pm, on Sunday after the Russian Defence Ministry claimed their troops had cleared the urban area of the city – with only a small unit of Ukrainian fighters remaining in the giant Azovstal steelworks in the south-eastern port. The fighters ignored the demand.

Earlier on Sunday Zelensky told CNN he hopes Biden will visit Kyiv to see the war for himself

Earlier on Sunday Zelensky had called for US President Joe Biden to visit his country and said he believes the commander-in-chief will make the trip.

The wartime leader also said his government had ‘substantial evidence’ that Russia’s troops are committing genocide in Ukraine, as more and more western leaders accuse autocrat leader Putin of war crimes.

Zelensky was asked by CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper whether there are ‘any plans’ for Biden to come see the situation for himself.

‘I think he will,’ the Ukrainian president answered. 

He added on CNN of Biden’s potential visit: ‘It’s his decision of course, and about the safety situation.’

‘But I think he’s the leader of the United States, and that’s why he should come here to see.’

Late last week Biden confirmed that his administration was discussing a possible Kyiv trip by a senior official and was ‘making that decision now.’ 

He told reporters that he wanted to go himself.

Russia warned of ‘unpredictable consequences’ after the U.S. announced the latest in a series of aid packages for Ukraine – this time including helicopters, 155 mm howitzer long-range artillery, and Switchblade drones as part of the $800 million effort.

The Russian embassy in Washington fired off a two-page diplomatic note or démarche, dated Tuesday, to the State Department in protest.

It was titled, ‘On Russia’s concerns in the context of massive supplies of weapons and military equipment to the Kyiv regime.’

Zelensky said: ‘Those who have weapons we need and delay must know fate depends on them’

Autocrat Russian leader Putin is reeling from a series of humiliating losses in Ukraine

Meanwhile the situation in war-torn Mariupol became ever bleaker over the weekend as local forces ignored Russia’s chilling ‘surrender or die’ ultimatum.

Kremlin forces told Kyiv fighters to lay down their arms by 6:00 am Moscow time (0300 GMT) and evacuate before 1:00pm, on Sunday.

The Russian Defence Ministry claimed their troops had cleared the urban area of the city – with only a small unit of Ukrainian fighters remaining in the giant Azovstal steelworks in the south-eastern port. 

MP Goncharenko referred to the continuing siege of Mariupol as ‘a real genocide’ and said it was considered that ‘more than 20,000 people’ have been killed in the port city.    

President Zelensky said the Kremlin ‘is deliberately trying to destroy everyone who is there’ and asked the West for more heavy weapons immediately to have any chance of saving the port city on the Sea of Azov as Russian air strikes continue.

‘Either our partners give Ukraine all of the necessary heavy weapons, the planes, and without exaggeration immediately, so we can reduce the pressure of the occupiers on Mariupol and break the blockade,’ he said, ‘or we do so through negotiations, in which the role of our partners should be decisive.’

Were it to fall, it would be the the first major city to be taken by Russian forces since the invasion began on February 24.

In Kyiv, renewed Russian air strikes hit an armaments factory, despite Moscow shifting its military focus to gaining control of the eastern Donbas region and forging a land corridor to already-annexed Crimea.

‘During the night, high-precision, air-launched missiles destroyed an ammunitions factory near the settlement of Brovary, Kyiv region,’ Russia’s defence ministry said, the third such air strike near the capital in as many days.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged Russian forces to allow evacuations from Mariupol, which Moscow’s forces claim to have brought under their control, though Ukrainian fighters remain holed up in the city’s fortress-like steelworks.  

Earlier, Mr Zelensky had told Ukrainian journalists that the situation in Mariupol, which has come at a horrific cost to trapped and starving civilians, could scuttle attempts to negotiate an end to the war.

A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had been driven out of most of the city and remained only in the Azovstal steel mill, where tunnels allow the defenders to hide and resist until they run out of ammunition.

The Russians already control what is left of the city after weeks of bombardment. Striking the steel plant to take the rest is part of Russia’s preparations for the anticipated assault in eastern Ukraine.   

President Zelensky has admitted the situation in Mariupol remains ‘extremely severe’ and called on the west to provide the country with heavy weaponry 

Moscow gave Ukrainian soldiers an ultimatum to ‘surrender or die’ by 3am GMT on Sunday after the Russian Defence Ministry claimed their troops had cleared the city – with only a small unit of Ukrainian fighters remaining in the giant Azovstal steelworks in the south-eastern port. Pictured: Illich Steel and Iron Works in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine

Experts say the fall of Mariupol, seen as strategically vital for Russian plans to attack eastern Ukraine , is inevitable. But holdouts in their underground bases hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers. Pictured: An explosion is seen in an apartment building after Russian’s army tank fires in Mariupol

Ukrainian fighters are putting up a hellish last stand in tunnels under an abandoned Stalingrad-esque Azovstal steel plant (pictured) in Mariupol as Russian forces close in on the besieged port city. Pictured: The Azovstal Steel and Iron Works facility

Experts say the fall of Mariupol, seen as strategically vital for Russian plans to attack eastern Ukraine , is inevitable. But holdouts in their underground bases at the steelworks (pictured) hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers . Pictured: The view from inside the Azovstal Steel and Iron Works facility

The Ukrainian MP for Odesa, Oleksiy Goncharenko (pictured), told BBC News that the last defenders in Mariupol won’t surrender to Russia. He said: ‘I spoke with them yesterday, and I know that they’re going to fight until the end’

But despite the offer, there have been no reports of soldiers laying down their arms with Kyiv yet to respond to the statement – as Russian air strikes continue on Mariupol, according to Ukraine’s military

Russian servicemen (pictured) on Tuesday secured Mariupol’s Drama Theatre which was destroyed in a missile strike on March 16

At least 300 people died when Mariupol’s drama theatre (pictured, Russian servicemen secure the destroyed building) was targeted in a Russian missile strike, despite being marked ‘children’

Mariupol’s partially destroyed drama theatre which was hit on March 16 by a Russian airstrike as part of an intense campaign by Moscow’s forces who are trying to take the city

Service members of pro-Russian troops load rocket-propelled grenades into an infantry combat vehicle amid fighting near the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol

Crosses are placed at a burial site of local residents killed in Mariupol as Russian forces continue a brutal siege of the city

Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine, has seen the worst fighting of the seven-week-long war. Home to 400,000 people before Russia’s invasion, the city has been reduced to rubble by Russian shelling 

An adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, said on Telegram that despite Russia’s ”surrender corridor’ for the remaining troops’ in the city, ‘our defenders continue to hold the defence’.

Andriushchenko added: ‘During the fighting, the occupiers shelled private residential houses with heavy artillery again.’ 

Experts say the fall of Mariupol, seen as strategically vital for Russian plans to attack eastern Ukraine, is inevitable. But holdouts in their underground bases hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers. 

The urban landscape of the Azovstal steelworks where Ukrainian forces, who took refuge at the site following reports Russia had used chemical weapons, plan to take on the invaders seems almost tailor-made for guerrilla warfare, with sprawling rail lines, warehouses, coal furnaces, factories, chimneys and tunnels.

The maze-like area is a metal works complex, Azovstal, owned by Metinvest, which has been the focus of urban fighting in Mariupol, just like the nearby Azovmash factory which makes rail components, cranes and other large metal structures.     

Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine, has seen the worst fighting of the seven-week-long war. Home to 400,000 people before Russia’s invasion, the city has been reduced to rubble by Russian shelling.

Over 20,000 civilians are believed to have been killed, tens of thousands remain trapped in the city, and countless numbers have fled. It is one of a number of sites were international investigators believe war crimes have taken place – including the bombing of a maternity war and of a theatre sheltering hundreds of people. 

Capturing Mariupol would allow Russian forces in the south, which came up through the annexed Crimean Peninsula, to fully link up with troops in the Donbas region, Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland and the focus of the anticipated offensive.

Ukraine’s deputy defence minister, Hanna Malyar, said on Sunday that Mariupol’s defenders have tied up significant Russian forces besieging the city.

She described the city as a ‘shield defending Ukraine’ that prevents the Russian troops encircling the city from advancing to other areas of the country.

Ms Malyar said that the Russians have continued to hit Mariupol with airstrikes and appeared to be preparing an amphibious landing to beef up their forces in the city.

Meanwhile, scattered Russian attacks elsewhere in Ukraine were an explosive reminder to Ukrainians and their Western supporters that the whole country remains under threat from an invasion now in its eighth week.  

A view shows a residential building, which was destroyed during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol

A woman sits on a bench at a bus stop, which was damaged during a Russian assault in the southern port city of Mariupol

People take belongings out of a residential building, which was destroyed during the conflict in the port city of Mariupol

People walk past a residential building, which was destroyed during a Russian assault in the southern port city of Mariupol

Tanks of pro-Russian troops drive along a road during Ukraine-Russia conflict near the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine

In Kyiv, renewed Russian air strikes hit an armaments factory, despite Moscow shifting its military focus to gaining control of the eastern Donbas region and forging a land corridor to already-annexed Crimea

Russia says it blew up a Ukrainian munitions factory near Kyiv overnight using cruise missiles fired from ships in the Black Sea (pictured being launched)

Moscow says the factory was used to manufacture the same kinds of missiles that were used to sink the Moskva, its Black Sea flagship, on Thursday

After failing to capture Ukraine’s capital and the humiliating loss of the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, Russia’s military command vowed to step up missile strikes on the capital, Kyiv.

The Russians said they hit an armoured vehicle plant on Saturday, a day after targeting a missile plant.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Saturday’s strike killed one person and wounded several. He advised residents who fled the city earlier in the war not to return.

‘We’re not ruling out further strikes on the capital,’ he said. ‘If you have the opportunity to stay a little bit longer in the cities where it’s safer, do it.’

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the plant was among multiple Ukrainian military sites hit with ‘air-launched high-precision long-range weapons’.

Meanwhile, it was claimed that Vladimir Putin believes he is winning the war in Ukraine according to Austrian leader Karl Nehammer, whose comments were published this weekend as more rockets rained down on Kharkiv on Easter Sunday.

The latest barrage of missiles to hit the besieged city of Kharkiv has left at least five people dead and more than a dozen injured, Ukrainian officials have said.

The bombardment of rockets slammed into blocks of flats and left broken glass, debris and the part of at least one rocket scattered on the street. Firefighters and residents scrambled to douse flames in several buildings that caught fire.

Maksym Khaustov, the head of the Kharkiv region’s health department confirmed the deaths following a series of strikes that AFP journalists on the scene said had ignited fires throughout the city and tore roofs from buildings hit in the attacks.

Like Mariupol, the north-east city of Kharkiv has been an ongoing target of Russian aggression since the early days of the invasion and has seen conditions deteriorate ahead of the eastern offensive.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who met Putin last week in Moscow, said he thinks the Russian president believes the war is necessary for his country’s security.

‘I think he is now in his own war logic,’ Nehammer said in an interview with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’, portions of which were released Saturday. I think he believes he is winning the war.’

Bring our boys home: Family of British man paraded on Russian TV after he was captured defending Mariupol call on Kremlin to ‘ensure his rights’ as they pray for quick release for him and fellow Brit PoW 

BY WILL STEWART AND KAYA TERRY FOR MAILONLINE 

The family of a British prisoner of war captured in Mariupol have pleaded with the Kremlin to secure his rights after he was seen being taunted by a Russian TV reporter.

Ex-British Army soldier Shaun Pinner, 48, who is a Royal Anglian veteran, was today paraded on propaganda TV in Russia in a heavily-edited clip and was told his Ukrainian commanders wanted him to be killed as he fled a factory hideout in Mariupol.

Now, his family have released a statement in response to his capture, explaining how he became involved in the defence of Ukraine against the Russian invasion while calling for Shaun’s Russian captors to adhere to the Geneva Convention’s regulations regarding the treatment of POWs. 

‘Shaun was a well-respected soldier within the British Army serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment for many years. He served in many tours including Northern Ireland and with the United Nations in Bosnia,’ the statement read.

‘In 2018 Shaun decided to re-locate to Ukraine to use his previous experience and training within the Ukraine Military.

‘Shaun enjoyed the Ukrainian way of life and considered Ukraine as his adopted country over the last four years. During this time, he met his Ukrainian wife who is very focussed on the humanitarian needs of the country.

‘He progressed into the Ukrainian Marines as a proud member of his unit. At the end of 2022 his 3 year contract is due to end and he was planning to enter a humanitarian role within Ukraine.’

The statement continued: ‘We would like to make it clear he is not a volunteer nor a mercenary, but officially serving with the Ukrainian Army in accordance with Ukrainian Legislation.

‘Our family is currently working with the Foreign Office along with the family of Aiden Aslin who is also being held by the Russian Army to ensure their rights as Prisoners Of War are upheld according to the Geneva Convention.

‘Shaun is a funny, much loved well intentioned Husband, Son, Father, Brother and Friend to many. We are hoping for a quick resolution to allow Shaun and Aiden to return safely to their families and we ask for privacy at this difficult time.

‘Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this horrific conflict.’

Shaun Pinner, who served with the Royal Anglians and enlisted in the Marines in Ukraine after marrying a woman from the country, was captured by Russian forces while he was defending the besieged city of Mariupol 

The 48-year-old was interviewed by Andrey Rudenko (left) who is a pro-Kremlin journalist 

Pinner, who enlisted in the Marines in Ukraine after marrying his wife Larysa who is from the country, was told he could now be seen as an anti-Putin hero by the outside world. 

He is heard saying there was ‘panic’ as he was held after ending their siege in an industrial area of the blitzed city. 

His capture comes after Russia seized 28-year-old former care worker Aiden Aslin on Tuesday. He had also been fighting in Ukraine in the same trenches outside Mariupol as Pinner. 

‘We were in the factory area of Mariupol,’ he said in a newly released clip of an interview made in captivity.

‘It was Tuesday morning. It was decided we move from the factory, but we did not know exactly where. At about 4am we left the factory.’

There was ‘not much time to think,’ said Pinner.

After this, his words were subtitled in Russian but his original speech was not audible.   

Shaun Pinner, 48, was serving as a Marine in Ukraine, defending the key strategic port of Mariupol

Pinner served with the Royal Anglians and enlisted in the Marines in Ukraine after marrying his wife Larysa (pictured right), who is from the country

According to the subtitles, Pinner said: ‘It was very dark. We took the injured with us.

‘Mortar and artillery shelling began, military aviation worked. Panic began. Everyone started running in different directions.

‘My commander seems to have disappeared. I still don’t know what happened to those who were there with me.’

Interviewer Andrey Rudenko – a well-known Russian war reporter on pro-Kremlin state TV – claimed without citing direct evidence that his Ukrainian commanders wanted him and others killed by Vladimir Putin’s forces so they could be hailed as heroes in the propaganda battle against Moscow.

‘The servicemen of the 36th brigade say their command specially sent them to be killed in order to make heroes out of them later,’ Pinner was told.

Rudenko told an exhausted-looking Pinner: ‘You didn’t have a single chance to reach this settlement Zachatovka, since Russian and DPR troops were everywhere.’

In the event, he and other defenders were captured.

He reportedly told his Russians captors that ‘he doesn’t want war and wants to go home’

During the interview, Pinner was told he could be seen as an anti-Putin hero by the outside world 

According to the subtitles, Pinner said: ‘It was very dark. We took the injured with us. ‘Mortar and artillery shelling began, military aviation worked. Panic began. Everyone started running in different directions’ (Pictured: Pinner with his wife Larysa)

Pinner is heard replying to the claim that his Ukrainian commanders wanted him and others fleeing the factory to die: ‘I had no idea. You know more than me. I don’t particularly know anything…’

The report also quoted Pinner as saying – though his words were not audible in this broadcast: ‘I had no idea, we were abandoned.

‘I do not know who took such a decision. I do not know anything about the fate of the injured, who were left there.

‘I do not know what happened to the dead bodies.’ 

In an earlier interview, Pinner had identified himself and said: ‘I am a citizen of the United Kingdom.

‘I was captured in Mariupol. I am part of 36th brigade, 1st Battalion Ukrainian Marines…

‘I was fighting in Mariupol for five to six weeks and now I am in the Donetsk People’s Republic.’

Brit fighter Shaun Pinner has been captured by Russian forces after surrendering in Mariupol. He was paraded on Russian television looking clean-shaven with no visible wounds. He said on the broadcast: ‘I am Shaun Pinner’

In another clip suggesting he is caught up in Russia’s propaganda campaign against Ukraine and the West, he reportedly said that ‘he doesn’t want war and wants to go home’.

Pinner now faces interrogation by the Russian Investigative Committee. The committee is seen as an equivalent of the FBI and is run by Alexander Bastrykin, a university classmate of Vladimir Putin.

‘This is the second Englishman caught in Mariupol.’

His fate in the hands of the Russians and the separatist authorities in Donetsk remains uncertain. 

Prior to being captured in Ukraine, friends and family left well-wishes on Shaun’s Facebook page, where he had snapped a sel fie in which he was dressed in combat garb, adorned with the Ukrainian flag.

‘Stay safe bro, love you,’ read one comment from sister Cassandra.

Other well wishers commented: ‘Thinking of you brother and those with you,’ while another one said: ‘Respect matey, stay safe, move fast keep low.’ 

His capture comes after Russia seized 28-year-old former care worker Aiden Aslin on Tuesday. He had also been fighting in Ukraine in the same trenches outside Mariupol as Pinner. 

There is concern for his safety amid fears that he could treated as a spy by the Kremlin. 

An image uploaded to his social media shows Aiden, 28, bruised, beaten and in handcuffs 

A second image, posted by a pro-Russia Telegram account, was closer to captured Aiden’s cut

In early March, around a week after Vladimir Putin launched his brutal invasion of Ukraine, Pinner gave a hard-hitting dispatch from near the front line, describing the situation as ‘chaos’.

At the time, he said he had endured a ‘week of intense fighting’.

Pinner also confirmed a number of his squad had died in the early days of the war, saying : ‘We’ve lost a couple of guys today’.

Mr Pinner filmed the dispatch as Vladimir Putin‘s men laid siege to Kyiv and other major Ukranian cities. In the video he does not reveal his location for security reasons. Since then, Russian forces have pulled back from the Kyiv region to refocus their efforts on the east of the country.  

The first British fighter captured in Mariupol was former care worker Aiden Aslin.

Russia’s state TV channels have broadcast suspect footage of Aslin being questioned by his captors after he was also forced to surrender in Mariupol.

Mr Aslin, 28, joined the Ukrainian marines four years ago. He has dual UK-Ukrainian citizenship and a Ukrainian fiancee, yet Russia appears determined to brand him an enemy agent rather than a prisoner of war.

The distinction is significant as under Russian law, those suspected of espionage face interrogation and lengthy prison sentences.

Whereas POWs are released at the end of hostilities, convicted spies may remain behind bars, perhaps until an exchange of agents can be arranged. 

Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine, has seen the worst fighting of the seven-week-long war. Home to 400,000 people before Russia’s invasion, the city has been reduced to rubble by Russian shelling 

Experts say the fall of Mariupol, seen as strategically vital for Russian plans to attack eastern Ukraine , is inevitable. But holdouts in their underground bases hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers. Pictured: An explosion is seen in an apartment building after Russian’s army tank fires in Mariupol

Service members of pro-Russian troops load rocket-propelled grenades into an infantry combat vehicle amid fighting near the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol

Mr Aslin, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was paraded on TV with his face bruised. It is thought he is being held in a military detention facility.

Footage shows him being questioned by one of his captors off camera and he supposedly agrees with the suggestion that ‘those who stood with you [in Ukraine], they are killers’.

It remains unclear whether the recording was doctored for political purposes.

But last night Mr Aslin’s brother Nathan Wood said: ‘People should not believe anything the Russians say or are making my brother say. He is being held against his will and forced to say whatever they tell him to.

‘Anything that comes out of my brother’s mouth now, and the mouths of his Russian captors, are lies.’ 

Both Pinner and Aslin are believed to have been captured while fighting with Ukrainian soldiers to defence Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine.

The city has seen the worst fighting of the seven-week-long war. Home to 400,000 people before Russia’s invasion, the city has been reduced to rubble by seemingly indiscriminate Russian shelling.

Russian forces have in recent days made advances in Mariupol and issued a chilling warning to the final troops defending the besieged city. 

Russian servicemen (pictured) on Tuesday secured Mariupol’s Drama Theatre which was destroyed in a missile strike on March 16

At least 300 people died when Mariupol’s drama theatre (pictured, Russian servicemen secure the destroyed building) was targeted in a Russian missile strike, despite being marked ‘children’

Russia gave Ukrainian soldiers an ultimatum to ‘surrender or die’, urging them to lay down their arms by 6:00 am Moscow time (0300 GMT) and to evacuate before 13:00pm, on Sunday after the Russian Defence Ministry claimed their troops had cleared the urban area of the city – with only a small unit of Ukrainian fighters remaining in the giant Azovstal steelworks in the south-eastern port. 

In a statement, the defence ministry said: ‘The Russian Armed Forces offer the militants of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries from 6am (Moscow time) on April 17, 2022, to stop any hostilities and lay down their arms. All who lay down their arms are guaranteed that their lives will be spared.’  

But with the last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol refusing to surrender and accept Russia’s now-expired ultimatum,  the Ukrainian MP for Odesa, Oleksiy Goncharenko, told BBC News the last defenders will ‘fight until the end’.

He said: ‘I spoke with them yesterday, and I know that they’re going to fight until the end.’  

It comes as there was deadly shelling in Kharkiv over the weekend, which led to five people being killed and 13 injured, according to regional health officials. 

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