Nga Robin Horsfall /
Çfarëdo që të ndodhë këtë javë në MARIUPOL, do të mbahet mend nga brezat e ardhshëm në Ukrainë dhe në mbarë botën.
Putini ka krijuar armikun e tij, ai kurrë nuk do ta mposhtë simbolin e lirisë së Ukrainës me fuqi zjarri.
Whatever happens in Mariupol this week will be remembered by future generations in Ukraine and around the whole world.
It is not the great victories that are best remembered with most pride but the most heroic defeats. The Alamo, Arnhem, Tobruk and Dunkirk all hold a place in their nation’s histories because the defenders laid down their lives and inspired those yet to come. An ever shrinking boundary with ever shrinking numbers, little hope of reinforcements, running out of food and ammunition and surrounded by a vastly superior enemy. They fight on and will do so until they have no ammunition left.
Russia might take what’s left of the city but the name of Mariupol will hold a special place in history – a place that emphasises the brutality of Putin in stark contrast to the stoic heroism of the Ukrainian people.
When the battle for the Donbass begins in earnest the whole Ukrainian nation will have the words ‘Remember Mariupol’ on their lips. However long this war lasts and no matter what the end result this small dot on the map of the Sea of Azov will remain a symbol of Ukrainian resistance that will be remembered by generations yet to come. Victory can come in many guises.
Putin’s army can take this small piece of land but they will lose all hope of victory. The defenders of Mariupol will remain in the hearts of the people of Ukraine and the hearts of the free world for years to come. Putin has created his own nemesis he will never defeat the symbol of Ukrainian freedom with firepower.