The symbolism behind the fight for Mariupol

The last battalion of fighters trying to hold the steel plant in Mariupol represents the heroism of the Ukrainians, says the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Maia Otarashvili, but it will likely fall. Because they are members of the far-right Azov Battalion, she says, Russian President Vladimir Putin will use them to further his claim that Moscow had to rid Ukraine of extremist elements.

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