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originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: dragonridr
What they hope for is the NATO/US to be drawn into a war.
They are already staging their forces on their coast. If we get drawn in they are going to take Taiwan.
Russia is increasingly pulling forces from its international bases and redeploying damaged units that were rotated out early in the invasion of Ukraine to replace mounting casualties.
Social media users observed elements of Russia’s 58th Combined Arms Army based in Russia‘s proxy republic in Georgia, South Ossetia, redeploying in likely transit to Ukraine on March 15.
The Ukrainian General Staff additionally reported that Russia is forming additional battalion tactical groups (BTGs) by consolidating units that suffered losses in the first 10 days of the Russian invasion and graduating cadets from military higher education early to replace officer losses.
originally posted by: Jamie2018
Theatre with ‘1200 people inside’ destroyed by Russia
The Theatre of War? Wag the Dog?
Survivors 'emerging alive' from bombed theatre in Mariupol
People are beginning to emerge alive from a theatre in Mariupol that had reportedly been sheltering at least 1,000 civilians when it was bombed by Russian forces, local authorities said on Thursday.
Casualty numbers were still unknown on Thursday morning with rescuers struggling to reach those trapped under the rubble.
But the region's former governor said there were definitely some survivors.
"Truly good news from Mariupol on the morning of the 22nd day of the war after a horrific night: The bombshelter has withstood. Rescuers are clearing out the debris, people are coming out of there alive," said Serhiy Taruta, a Mariupol native.
Ukraine says Russia strikes Mariupol theatre sheltering residents, Moscow denies attack
The ministry said many people were trapped in the theatre and accused Russia of committing a war crime. It said the number of casualties was not yet known. Reuters could not independently verify the information.
Russia denies targeting civilians.
Ukraine war: Why Kherson and Mariupol are key to Russian success
While Russian troops in the north and east of Ukraine have struggled to seize important targets, including the capital Kyiv, their advance into southern Ukraine appears to be more successful.
[...]Russian troops are moving into Ukraine from Crimea, spreading east towards Mariupol and west towards Odesa, threatening to cut off Ukraine's maritime access which would inflict huge economic damage on the country.
If Mariupol falls, it would give Russia control of one of Ukraine's biggest ports and create a land corridor between Crimea and the Russian-backed regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
A look at the map below shows how crucial the peninsula is as a base to the assault on southern Ukraine:
As a reminder -
As such take everything as a possibility and NOT as absolute truth.
The very first casualty in a war is the truth and all warfare is based on deception