Russia again demands that Ukrainian forces holed up and lay down their weapons, offering a ceasefire in the area of the Azovstal facility.
Ukrainian marine trapped in the steelworks has appealed for help from Western leaders saying his forces “may be facing our last days, if not hours”.
However, Ukraine says it has agreed with Russian forces to open a safe route for civilians to evacuate Mariupol.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also calls for a four- days humanitarian pause to allow civilians to leave and humanitarian aid to reach conflict areas.
The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany as pledge military assistance to Ukraine amid Russia’s offensive in the eastern Donbas region.