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Putin demands Mariupol surrender to end shelling

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that only if Ukrainian troops surrender will the shelling in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol cease.

According to BBC, Putin made the remarks in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Kremlin later made the statement public.

Meanwhile, French officials say Putin has agreed to a plan to evacuate civilians from the city. Putin made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Macron after a scene of mass destruction in Mariupol was captured on a satellite image.

A photo released by US space technology company Maxer shows the city of Mariupol almost devastated by continued shelling by Russian troops. The city was devastated by artillery fire and missiles.

Officials at France's Elysee Palace have called Mariopol's situation "absolutely catastrophic." At the same time, they called for the protection of civilians in the city and for people to leave the city if they wish. Elysee Palace also called for food, water, and essential medical supplies for civilians in Mariupol.

The French president's office said in a statement that the blockade by the Russian military had created a "humanitarian crisis" in the city. France, Turkey, Greece, and a number of international humanitarian charities have called on Putin to create opportunities for the evacuation of civilians from the city.
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