Officials say Russian troops shelling civilian sites, including residential blocks and hospitals

At an outdoor meeting, Artem Semenikhin, the mayor of Konotop, in the eastern Sumy region, told residents: “They have given us an ultimatum. If we start resisting, they’ll wipe out the town using artillery.”

“If you are for it, we’ll fight,” Semenikhin is heard telling a crowd of residents. “Who votes to fight?” he shouts as residents shout back, insisting they will resist.

Amid renewed heavy shelling, the mayors of Kharkiv, also in the country’s east, and Kyiv insisted they had no intention of surrendering.

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