RUSSIA called on Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol to lay down their arms on Monday morning and leave the port city, practically razed to the ground in the attacks.

Major General Mikhail Mizintsev told the Russian state news agency Tass on Sunday that a safe corridor would be established between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Moscow time.

Russia is proposing to Ukraine that all its military units leave the city “without weapons and ammunition on the route agreed with Ukraine,” the report said.

Russia insists on Ukraine’s “official written response” to the proposals by 5 a.m. Monday, Moscow time.

Ukraine: We do not accept surrender

Irina Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, said that they had already rejected the Russian offer, reports Pravda.

She commented on the Russian offer.

“There are eight pages that write about history and other nonsense. They sent the same letter to the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and hoped that international structures would react and start putting pressure on Ukraine. This did not happen. ICRC and UN they understand that it is a Russian manipulation and that people are being taken hostage, “she said.

Ukraine demands that the Russians urgently open humanitarian corridors.

“There can be no question of any surrender, of laying down arms. We have already informed the Russian side about it. I wrote: ‘Instead of wasting time on 8 pages of letters, just open the corridor.'”