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People hold banners as they take part in an #Save_Mariupol action in support of the residents and defenders of Mariupol who are suffering due to Russias invasion of Ukraine, at Rynok Square, in Lviv. Photo: Reuters

Live news updates: The Russian military has offered the Ukrainian troops defending the strategic port of Mariupol to lay down arms and exit the city via humanitarian corridors, but that proposal was quickly rejected by the Ukrainian authorities.


Ukrainian authorities said Sunday that Russia’s military bombed an art school sheltering some 400 people in the port city of Mariupol, where heavy street fighting was underway weeks into a devastating Russian siege.

The fall of Mariupol would allow Russian forces in southern and eastern Ukraine to link up. But Western military analysts say that even if the surrounded city is taken, the troops battling for control there a block at a time may be too depleted to help secure Russian breakthroughs on other fronts, the AP reported.

Menawhile, US President Joe Biden has added a stop in Poland to his upcoming trip to Europe for urgent talks with Nato and European allies.


Biden, who leaves Washington on Wednesday, will first travel to Brussels and then Poland.

Back home, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration has made plans to evacuate residents from low-lying areas and the Army has also put its ships and relief teams on standby as the archipelago experienced heavy rain and strong winds due to Cyclone Asani.


People living by the coast coastal in the islands were evacuated to safety on Sunday. Inter-island shipping services and those with Chennai and Visakhapatnam have been stopped and fishermen warned not to venture into the sea as the year’s first cyclonic storm neared the archipelago, news agency PTI reported.



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