. In Case You Missed It – Why Mariupol is so important to Russia’s plan By Frank Gardner « JO LEE MAGAZINE

BBC – Geographically, the city of Mariupol occupies only a tiny area on the map but it now stands obstinately in the way of Russian forces who have burst out of the Crimean peninsula.

They are pushing north-east to try to link up with their comrades and Ukrainian-separatist allies in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

General Sir Richard Barrons – former commander of UK Joint Forces Command – says capturing Mariupol is vital to Russia’s war effort.

Important article at BBC

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