Mariupol is preparing for defence
The situation in south-eastern Ukraine is very serious. For the past few weeks, Russia has been transporting military equipment and troops to the territory of Ukraine in increasing volumes. The well-known “lost” soldiers, caught by Ukrainians, are only a tiny fraction of the whole picture. Most recent information says that Russian troops are crossing the border in uniforms identifying them as RF army. Putin is stilly cynically denying that, in actual fact, an open invasion has started.
Novoazovsk was taken over yesterday and the Russian army are moving further west, along the coast. The city next in line is Mariupol. There is unconfirmed information in circulation that the Russian army have been ordered to seize the city and continue their march in the direction of Odessa. To me, it sounds likely, perhaps because despite active resistance on the part of the Ukrainian army, Putin has not modified the extent of “Novorossiya” proclaimed back in March. On maps published by the separatists, the Odessa district is the last administrative territory in the west to be annexed to the new “state”.
Clearly, this is certainly not an operation planned to be undertaken in a week. The conquest of Mariupol will not be easy, for sure. Preparations to defend the city are underway; troops with heavy equipment are regularly coming to the rescue. But some of the weapons from the Kiev parade have also been sent to Odessa which may indicate that the Ukrainian government are anticipating future developments as described.