Putin = War Criminal
- Apr 18, 2013
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Biden's accusation comes as Moscow is feared to be readying a massive onslaught across Ukraine's east.
Russian troops aimed to take control of the city of Mariupol on Tuesday, part of an anticipated massive onslaught across eastern Ukraine, as defending forces tried desperately to hold them back. Russia is believed to be trying to connect occupied Crimea with Moscow-backed separatist territories Donetsk and Lugansk in Donbas, and has laid siege to the strategically located city, once home to more than 400,000 people. "It is likely that in the future the enemy will try to take control of the city of Mariupol, capture Popasna and launch an offensive in the direction of Kurakhove in order to reach the administrative borders of Donetsk region," the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Facebook. The Russian Defense Ministry said it army had thwarted an attempt to break the siege with "airstrikes and artillery fire" at a factory in a northern district of the city. But the Ukrainian army insisted that "the defense of Mariupol continues." "The connection with the units of the defense forces that heroically hold the city is stable and maintained," the Land Forces of Ukraine wrote on Telegram.
Yesterday Russian forces cut Mariupol in half, separating the seaward half from the rest of the city. The 36th Regiment of the Ukraine Marines reports that the situation is grim. What is left of the Regiment (no infantrymen remain alive) is the walking wounded and they are surrounded. Ammunition is almost all gone and resupply is impossible. The remaining Ukraine forces are fighting from the main port of Mariupol in the southwest, and the Azovstal steel plant in the east. They say they will fight to the end, but I suspect the remnants will surrender, possibly today. The Azov Regiment which had been stationed in Sektor-M (Mariupol) since it was re-formed in 2015 as a police regiment is decimated. I suspect Russian forces will execute any Azov soldiers captured alive. Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said the civilian death toll in Mariupol could exceed 20,000. Reports from inside the devaststed city say that a Russian drone dispersed a chemical agent that caused respiratory failure, dizziness, vomiting and problems with the nervous system. Eduard Basurin, Press Secretary of the DPR Military Command, said phosphorous and gas agents would be used to clear basements. Mariupol is a dystopian hell for the trapped civilians, no food, no water, no electricity, no heat, and a fear that Russian forces will execute all military age men remaining in the city. Syrian ally Iran is reportedly supplying the Russian military with weaponry.
Any day now the Russians will commence their new offensive to capture all of Donetsk oblast and encircle ~60,000 Ukraine soldiers in this region. One thing that helps them is that, unlike around Kyiv, there are plenty of railroad lines here for resupply. What hurts them is that the spring rains have begun which means Russian armor and trucks must remain on paved roads (fewer here than around Kyiv). This should make them more vulnerable to attacks with Javelin's, NLAW's, loitering drones, etc. If Putin is to win any victories in Ukraine, he must do it now with a massive blitzkrieg and create a land-bridge between occupied Donetsk and occupied Crimea. His aim is to accomplish this goal by May 9 which is celebrated in Russia as Victory Day. It is crucial that the West keep pouring weapons into Ukraine and assisting Zelenskyy in every way possible.