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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?


Valerie Hopkins, a correspondent for The New York Times, currently based in Ukraine.

Russia has waged a brutal campaign in Mariupol. The city is of strategic importance — capturing it would create a land bridge between Russian-controlled territories,
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