What is the purpose of the siege the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian invaders?

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Mar 11, 2022 11:01 PM 0 Answers
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What are the geopolitical, military and humanitarian objectives that will be achieved following a successful siege of the civilian population of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian military that invaded Ukraine?

Consider also that civilian citizens of Ukraine are not allowed by Putin's forces to leave Mariupol to go to their home country of Ukraine, which essentially traps them with little access to food, water and medicine from the outside.

Note: I have read this post, but it is asking a very different question: Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?


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