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Ukraine defies Russia’s Sievierodonetsk ultimatum

Ukraine defies Russia’s Sievierodonetsk ultimatum

PAVEL POLITYUK and ABDELAZIZ BOUMZAR UKRAINE ignored a Russian ultimatum to surrender the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk as Washington urged NATO defence ministers weighing more military support for Kyiv not to lose focus, saying the stakes were too high. Sievierodonetsk, now largely in ruins, has for weeks been the main focal point of the war. Russia had told Ukrainian forces holed up in a chemical plant there to stop "senseless resistance and lay down arms" from Wednesday morning, pressing its advantage in the battle for control of eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says more than 500 civilians, including 40 children, remain alongside…
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