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If the Russians seize the Azovstal industrial district, where the marines have been holed up, they would be in full control of Mariupol, the lynchpin between Russian-held areas to the west and east… ...
Tom Nichols tells MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that it is unclear what Russia’s plan is now that Moscow’s attempt to take over Ukraine failed, but says he expects Vladimir Putin’s new general to “punish the Ukrainians for their defiance” by brutally killing civilians. Retired Australian Major General Mick Ryan says while Russia is reinforcing troops to Eastern Ukraine, they are likely “of questionable quality” with “low quality leaders.” ...
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers are heading for eastern Ukraine as the Kremlin gears up for a massive offensive, while some of Ukraine's best troops await them in the trenches. ...

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