The Ukrainian commander orders the evacuation of Mariupol, claiming that the troops are in their last hours.
As his men battled to stave off overwhelming Russian forces in Mariupol, a Ukrainian marine captain gave what he called their “final speech to the world.” Major Serhiy Volyna stated they were outmanned and running low on supplies. A Russian deadline for the Ukrainian military to surrender has passed with no indication that the troops have obeyed. The city’s massive Azovstal steel mill, which houses 1,000 residents, is home to the final holdouts. According to Kyiv, a preliminary agreement has been reached to evacuate some inhabitants from the city. Ukraine had wanted to deploy 90 buses to evacuate roughly 6,000 people on Wednesday, according to the city’s mayor, Vadym Boichenko, who spoke on national television. Around 100,000 people are reportedly stranded in Mariupol, according to him.