More than 300,000 Ukrainians – soldiers and civilians alike – in the besieged coastal maritime city of Mariupol have chosen death over surrendering to the brutes of murderous Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin.
This comes after a nauseating ultimatum by the Russian mass murderers. Putin is believed to have a special hatred for Mariupol.
Back in 2014, when the Russian dictator first invaded Ukraine (seizing the Crimean Peninsula and de facto seizing parts of the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine), the majority Russian-speaking Mariupol refused to join Russia and resisted.
Putin Hates Mariupol’s Guts, So He’s Having It Gutted
Russians troops who managed to besiege Mariupol early on and isolate it from the rest of Ukraine have turned the coastal city into hell on earth.
They are bombing maternity wards, the city theater, kindergartens, residential blocks, and anything in sight; the residents of the city have been surviving without drinking water, food, electricity or heating for several weeks now.
To top it all off, Russia repeatedly lied that it would allow civilians to evacuate west towards Ukraine, and then bombed the refugees gathering for evacuation.
Russia only allowed evacuation east, into Russian territory, and seemingly because of Putin’s sick plan. Ukrainians who escaped to Russian-controlled lands have now been deported to Nazi and Soviet-style labor camps in Siberia, according to the Mariupol City Council.
Meanwhile, Daria Morozova, a Putin stooge, announced all those who remain in the city and are caught will face “military tribunals” for made-up crimes.
Statements and comments coming from all sides made it clear the people of Mariupol preferred to die than surrender to the bloodthirsty monster that Putin is.
I am sure I will die soon. It is a matter of a few days. In this city, everyone is constantly waiting for death. I just want it not to be too scary. – testimony of a woman in #Mariupol
— Anastasiia Lapatina (@lapatina_) March 21, 2022
⚡️Greek diplomat after returning from Mariupol: 'What I saw, I hope no one will ever see.'
Manolis Androulakis left the besieged city on March 15. He said it was joining the ranks of places known for having been destroyed in wars such as “Guernica, Coventry, Aleppo, Grozny."
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 21, 2022
80% of Mariupol is destroyed. Putin wants it to choke the rest of Ukraine to death. If he succeeds, Eastern Europe is next…
Short of military engagement we must do everything to stop him… while we still have a chance…
Full sanctions now ! pic.twitter.com/ZBhtz90eas
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) March 21, 2022
Russia Using Banned Thermobaric Weapons, Bragging About It
Russian brutes have already reached the downtown of Mariupol; there is heavy street-to-street fighting, including with brutal Chechen murderers who are personally loyal to Putin.
The report quotes the CEO of a Mariupol TV station, Nick Osychenko, who managed to escape from the city with six family members, some of them four-year-old children.
He said there were dead bodies in almost every street, and the sight all of the city is “just frightening”.
To top it all off, the Russians are already making good on their promise to obliterate the city; they are not only using banned thermobaric weapons – the called vacuum bombs – but are also openly bragging about it.
Videos released by the Donetsk People’s Republic and the English-language propaganda TV network Russia Today (RT) showed the TOS-1a “heavy flamethrower system” as it was firing rockets towards the civilian populated areas.
Terrifying thermobaric bombs generate fireballs that suck up oxygen from the hit area, vaporizing nearby bodies and rupturing the organs of those as far as a mile away.
🇺🇦Mariupol🇺🇦😢 is the new Guernica!😢😢😢
Russian Fascism is a real phenomenon of our time-modernity, more terrible and cruel than German Fascism was!
Führer-leader of Russian Fascism is the bloody dictator Putin!😡😡😡@TomTugendhat pic.twitter.com/IuV5xStbPO
— Dr Irakli Bokuchava (@BokuIrakli) March 21, 2022
Nothing says more about the crass brutality of Putin's war in Ukraine than this satellite image of the bombed remains of Mariupol Drama Theatre. Shelter for victims of his war, "CHILDREN" written outside so clearly that it's visible from space, and still it was bombed. pic.twitter.com/c20fwa2guH
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) March 19, 2022
Morning from Ukraine.
Kyiv remains in Ukrainian hands, while the city of Mariupol refuses to surrender.
The Russian military said it had until this morning to do so.
An advisor to the Mariupol mayor responded on Facebook with an expletive.
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 21, 2022
Mariupol is now a ghost city – 80% of its infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, 40% of which cannot be rebuilt, authorities say. One of the largest in the country, a beautiful, developed city razed to the ground.
— Anastasiia Lapatina (@lapatina_) March 20, 2022