‘The Russians Won’t Be Coming’: Defeated in Kyiv, Putin Eyes Victory Day Win in Ukraine’s Mariupol

With fighting still ongoing underneath the steel complex in the destroyed Ukrainian city, observers are speculating about announcements Putin might make on Monday, when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Kyiv
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Kyiv

KYIV — The fighting is still ongoing between Russian forces and the Ukrainian defenders holding out in the tunnels beneath the Azovstal steel complex in destroyed Mariupol, but the Russians are planning to hold a military parade there on Monday to mark Victory Day over Nazi Germany. Over the last few days, the Russians have finally allowed civilians to go to Ukrainian-held territory through “humanitarian corridors,” and the assessments are that this is a prelude to a final, devastating push against the remaining Ukrainian soldiers in the city.

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