Ukraine War, April 12, 2022 (I): The War’s decisive moment; more than 20,000 killed in Mariupol


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Only force can stop Putin

See “Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2022.


1) Eliot A. Cohen, “This Is the War’s Decisive Moment; The United States and its allies can tip the balance between a costly success and a calamity,” The Atlantic, April 12, 2022 (1:05 pm ET;

2) More than 20,000 civilians killed in Mariupol, mayor says; The mayor of Mariupol said the latest estimate was that around 21,000 civilian residents have been killed in the besieged Ukrainian port city since the start of the Russian invasion, Reuters reports, The Guardian, April 12, 2022 (4:30 pm BST).

In televised comments, the mayor, Vadym Boichenko, said it had been difficult to calculate the exact number of casualties since street fighting had started.

The number of deaths in Mariupol could be as high as 22,000, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration.

2) Sherelle Jacobs, “The West has gambled everything to defeat Putin – and it’s paying off; Its striking appetite for risk has forced geopolitical rivals around the world to rethink their assumptions, The Telegraph, April 11, 2022 (9:30 pm):

3) Yaroslav Trofimov”French Retailer Shuts Ukraine Outlets but Stays in Russia, Angering Ukrainian Staff; Leroy Merlin cut off Ukrainian employees’ access to email and social media after they protested and Russia bombed its Kyiv store,” Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2022” (12:09 pm ET);

4) David Frum, “What Ukraine Needs Now; Even at this maximum moment of global sympathy, international assistance to Ukraine is falling far short of its needs,” The Atlantic, April 11, 2022 (6:00 am ET);