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Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again vowed to continue the invasion of Ukraine "unless Kyiv surrenders".
Putin, who is facing a lot of backlash at global stage, has said he will achieve his goals in Ukraine either "through negotiations or through war".
Putin made his demand for Kyiv surrender in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who appealed for a ceasefire.
Putin told Erdogan he was ready for dialogue with Ukraine and foreign partners but any attempt to draw out negotiation would fail, a Kremlin statement said.
Putin further said the Ukrainian resistance force should stop fighting to enable the evacuation of 200,000 people from the besieged city of Mariupol.
Efforts to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol failed for a second time today due to repeated ceasefire violations. Residents in the city are without power and water.
Ukraine Army has said that it is engaged in "fierce battles" with Russian forces outside Mykolayiv. Seizing the city would open roads for Russia to reach Ukraine's biggest port Odessa.
On the other hand, Putin's Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy - who has given the honorary title "Hero City" to Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kherson, Hostomel, and Volnovakha - has warned that Russia will start bombing Ukraine's defence industry enterprises from Monday.
He, however, has said Ukraine will "punish everyone who committed atrocities in this war."
A barrage of Russian missiles destroys Vinnytsia airport in central Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Three civilians, trying to flee Irpin, were killed by mortar fire, reports BBC.
Global streaming entertainment service Netflix, top accounting firms KPMG and PWC, and financial services firm American Express all cut ties with Russia as the conflict with Ukraine escalated