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Russia has mounted a brutal siege around the port city of Mariupol for more than a month, framing it as the key to a war of liberation. In reality, it’s a campaign against a city that is critical to Russia’s strategy — it would help open an important supply route and serve as a symbol of victory.
What is happening inside Mariupol, and what does the fighting mean for the future of Russia’s war on Ukraine?
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In Mariupol, Russia is using hunger as a weapon of war. Residents described how they are surviving a monthlong siege of the southern port with little food and other necessities.
As the war in Ukraine moves into its second month, fears grow of Mariupol’s fall to Russia.
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