Smashed, Destroyed and Ruined Mariupol holds on - still - against fascist Russian invaders. Defenders are exhausted, out of food, a group that ran out of ammunition has surrendered, and civilians in the city are starving to death. And the democratic nations of the World, stand around with their hands in their pockets, saying "tsk, tsk..." It is good that some are sending Ukraine weapons - but 10 aircraft with LRASM's, and 2 or 3 divisions of well-armed soldiers (NLAW's, Carl Gustav Rifles, armor-piercing RPG's, etc.), and a few boat-loads of food, could end this insanity in a week or two. And everyone knows this.
Most of the city is in ruins, and most people have either been killed or have fled. This was once a very lovely city, with a Marine University, where a fellow could study to be a Ship's Captain on a commercial freighter. Now it is a smoking ruin, and the democratically elected Mayor (who is still Ukrainian, not a Russian Toad), has indicated that the estimate of civilians killed is roughly 20,000. This is a Reuter's image, which I think will go down in history.
The Ukraine flag is a glyphic symbol of the blue Ukraine sky, and the fields of sunflowers, that are grown in Ukraine. Not everyone knows this. Driving around Southern Ontario, Canada, I see this flag everywhere. People hang it from their garages, near the highways, and I see it on cars and minivans with kids in them.
Putin is so fucking stupid, he has no idea just what he has done to his own Russian nation. He has made himself and his whole Russian nation, a single hated thing. And the stupid bastard does not realize that this is only the very beginning. What is happeing in Ukraine now, will be taking place in Russia in some tomorrow timeframe - and it won't be us doing it. It will be Russian's themselves, fighting to re-establish the freedom that for a brief moment, they were lucky enough to have.
Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons. He is the truly the most evil asshole this planet has ever produced, since Hitler. This kind of destruction is not sufficient for him? He wants only radioactive dust? For everyone? Curious.