Despite Putin’s lies and evidence of war crimes, a small part of Mariupol remains in Ukrainian hands — barely — and every minute the defenders hold out is a victory for Ukraine.

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This is Ukraine’s Alamo.

In a choreographed performance, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Mr. Putin that the flattened city was now under Russian control. Of a seaside town of about half a million people, few buildings remain standing. Anyone who could flee has. The zone of Ukrainian control has narrowed to bunkers under the steel plant and remains in contact with the outside world through Telegram and a Skylink satellite dish.

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