WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Ukrainian government, Donbass rebels agree on cease-fire plan, guns reportedly fall silent at 6 p.m. local time, Sept. 5; meanwhile Russian Ground Forces besiege Mariupol with heavy artillery, missiles, Ukrainian port city located on Sea of Azov; Mariupol’s steel mills shift to 24/7 production of defensive fortifications, city council finances volunteer fighting units; NSDC spokesman Lysenko: “Yesterday afternoon the Russian Federation mounted an offensive . . . through Shyrokyne, 20 km east of Mariupol. An armoured column broke through . . . : five tanks, three self-propelled guns, a Grad multiple rocket launcher, and personnel with mortar launchers and other heavy firepower equipment. [The] . . . first attack was smashed”; 14 Russian battle groups, including airborne troops, deployed along entire Ukraine border; dep. commander of Azov Battalion protecting city: “At first they [i.e., the Russians] tried our defenses with a tank raid, and when our firing positions revealed themselves they threw all their artillery at us”; OSCE monitors in Mariupol: Situation in city of 450,000 “deteriorating”; national unity rally downtown hoists anti-Putin posters, some banners read: “Mariupol is a Ukrainian city”; Kherson Oblast allocates funds to fend off possible Russian attack from occupied Crimea; Poroshenko at NATO summit in Wales: “NATO-Ukraine Distinctive Partnership” to consist of “full interoperability” between militaries, “developing joint capabilities in defense and security,” DELIVERY OF PRECISION-GUIDED WEAPONS

I can’t believe a Russian army can come here to conquer us. It is like a bad dream. It doesn’t make sense. Why destroy our country and kill our people? What for? It is insane!
— Vera Chuyko, 34-year-old resident of Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

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