“A Russian liberal patriot warned me that Moscow will soon launch a massive military operation in the Mariupol zone, Ukrainian diplomat Vadym Trukhanov writes in Facebook March 26.
According to his source, Putin is concerned about the rallies organized by Navalny in Moscow. As the authorities plan a crack down, Moscow wants a red herring in Donbas, saying the Russian attack was provoked by Ukrainians.
Another reason for the onslaught on Mariupol is that Putin wants the sea port and steel plants to complement steel industry in Donbas.
“Putin is a madman. Ammunition depots in Kharkiv oblast were blown up on his orders as a preparation for the onslaught,” the source said.