Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

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Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia
The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine.
By GADI ZAIG, REUTERS
Published: MAY 17, 2022

Ukraine's military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands of people in the city.

With the rest of Mariupol firmly in Russian hands, hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians had holed up beneath the city's Azovstal steelworks. Civilians inside were evacuated in recent weeks, and more than 260 troops, some of them wounded, left the plant for Russian-controlled areas late on Monday.

"The 'Mariupol' garrison has fulfilled its combat mission," the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said in a statement announcing evacuations. "The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel... Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time," it added.

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athenasius

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Now they will concentrate on Odessa. The midpoint goal in this war seems to be to control all three port cities on the southern coastal region of Ukraine. They have 2/3. Odessa is left.

Once they control Odessa they will take over Moldova. That brings Russia from the eastern Donbas straight across the coast to Moldova. It puts Russia next to NATO partner Romania in the West Ukraine, with Slovakia, Hungary and Poland in the northwestern region. All NATO partners.

The aim I think is to encircle Ukraine from the eastern Donbas, moving to the west on the southern shores of the Black Sea, then push north from the coast and south from Russia and Belarus.

That pincer movement will trap various cities, dividing and eventually taking Ukraine bit by bit. Ukraine is putting up a wonderful effort but this is the slow steady movement of Russia-- not graceful or efficient, just slowly destroying until nothing is left.

Russia started the war in Mariupol by attacking the hospital for women and children, and it seems to be a strategy they are using. Get the civilians on the run, then annihilate the remaining population. I think they are going at this city by city.
 
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