Russia’s murderous dictator Vladimir Putin has been denied even a symbolic victory in his atrocious war against Ukraine.
A handful of Ukrainian warriors are making a desperate last stand in a heavily fortified steelworks factory.
This is happening in the almost newly fallen coastal city of Mariupol, with only a couple of days left before the biggest Russian public holiday.
Putin Rushing His Troops Ahead of May 9
Even after reports on Thursday that Russians managed to breach the industrial “fortress” of the last Ukrainians standing in Mariupol, reports as of Thursday night and Friday morning suggest the defenders managed to repulse Putin’s troops.
Putin set a deadline of May 9, or “Victory Day”, which is the largest public holiday in Russia and celebrates the World War II surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.
While Putin himself and his strategists expected that Ukraine would be overwhelmed and collapse in 72 hours tops, that never happened.
Ukrainians completely defeated the invasion in the north that was supposed to take their capital, Kyiv.
This is my pain. The assault on AzovStal continues
I don’t want the heroism of people killed by the Russians in the dungeons of the plant to remain only in future books and movies. I just want this people to survive
We need regime of silence and humanitarian corridor/extraction pic.twitter.com/mYp9tTjmf7
— Oleksandra Matviichuk (@avalaina) May 5, 2022
MARIUPOL STILL STANDS!!!✊
— Anonymous Operations (@AnonOpsSE) May 5, 2022
This is how #Azovstal sounds.
Video posted tonight by Nik Mark on his Facebook page.
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 5, 2022
AP now says 600 (!!!!!!) were killed in a Russian airstrike upon the Drama Theater in Mariupol.
Six. Hundred. People.
Just one strike.
The worst war crime case of the century to date.
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) May 4, 2022
I have to admit, I didn’t realize how primitive Russian MLRS were.
They released a propaganda video of them attacking Mariupol, and also revealed that none of this is automated.
Manually attaching fuses or hand-loading rockets in the middle of combat looks like fun. 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/XBYdi7queK
— Angry Staffer 🌻 (@Angry_Staffer) May 6, 2022
Desperate, But Successful Last Stand
On Thursday night, Putin sent his troops to Mariupol on yet another suicide mission because of his uncontrollable desire to brag about a win before the Russian public on Monday, the May 9 “Victory Day” holiday.
Ukrainian troops are still managing to resist, denying Putin a victory that would be trumped up tremendously by his vicious totalitarian-style propaganda machine.
Russian losses in Mariupol keep building as a result of the desperate storming of the heavily fortified industrial complex with an area of four square miles.
This was built by the Soviets in the 1960s with six underground levels designed to withstand a nuclear war.
2,000 Ukrainian defenders holed up in the giant communist-era factory on Thursday night managed to hold the line. According to British intelligence, they managed to do so in “extremely difficult” circumstances.
Senior Ukrainian government figures also confirmed that on Thursday, the Azov battalion and parts of the 36 Marine regiment of the Ukrainian military were successful in repulsing the Russian attackers.
The Ukrainian soldiers still manage to hold their ground in their desperate last stand before Putin’s hordes. Yet, in spite of this reality, the situation has been complicated by the fact that several hundred Ukrainian civilians also currently remained holed up in Azovstal.
Some 500 civilians were evacuated from there over the past couple of days in a highly untypical show of goodwill on Putin’s part.
That’s because up until now, the Russians not only committed various war crimes, but made it clear they were doing it deliberately.
The troops would bomb the very sites which they had slated for evacuation rallying points.
I discovered that now, that Russians control Mariupol, they explain to locals that "Ukraine is to blame for the destruction of the city. As if Ukraine surrendered Mariupol it would not be destroyed."
They came here to invade us, and we become guilty cause we dare to fight back.
— Nika Melkozerova (@NikaMelkozerova) May 5, 2022
— Mariana Betsa (@Mariana_Betsa) May 3, 2022
— Lesia Vasylenko (@lesiavasylenko) May 4, 2022
#Azovstal Anton, #Azov fighter. Wife Lizaveta: My Anton is injured. They ran out of antibiotics and drinking water. Eat once per day. I am very proud of my husband and his friends. Those guys who are gone were the best people on the planet #Mariupol
Source: Ukrayinska pravda pic.twitter.com/TWguD4jien
— Olena Halushka (@OlenaHalushka) May 5, 2022
Margaryta Mudryk: Natalia Lugovska, psychologist from the Azov Regiment, died in Mariupol.
Her son, a sniper with alias Barrett, died in Donbas in 2018. She decided to continue her son's struggle and stayed with the Ukrainian military in AzovStal under Russian attack till her end pic.twitter.com/tmdxlGA1Yd
— Oleksandra Matviichuk (@avalaina) May 5, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 6, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/qoJwOnTDrf
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 6, 2022