If one believes the mainstream media, the final stand for the Ukrainian city of Mariupol began this week as Russian forces entered the massive Azovstal steel plant where, according to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, thousands of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been hiding for weeks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, has a different take on who exactly is hiding within the subterranean bunkers and tunnels of the colossal coastal complex.
On a Wednesday evening call with President Donald J. Trump, Putin said that child traffickers responsible for the abduction of thousands of Russian children were embedded among the civilians trapped inside Azovstal. He also claimed that Zelensky was endangering the lives of thousands of innocents by sheltering traffickers at Azovstal.
“Putin told Trump he saw two possibilities. Either Zelenskyy is genuinely trying to protect the traffickers, using civilians as human shields, or he’s hoping Putin bombs the place to oblivion, killing everyone, including the traffickers so they, if caught, can’t implicate Zelenskyy in the biggest human trafficking ring the world has ever known,” our Mar-a-Lago source said.
Putin, he added, namedropped two persons: Yuriy Kosiuk, a Ukrainian billionaire whose estate on the Khotiv settlement Russian forces had bombed to smithereens, and Alexan Hadjetian, an affluent Armenian national who had been marketing children on Ukrainian soil for nearly 20 years. Putin said he had solid evidence both men were camouflaged somewhere inside Azovstal’s dark, twisting, difficult to navigate tunnel system.
“Putin said the Ukrainian ‘freedom fighters’ entrenched in Azovstal don’t know the truth about Kosiuk and Hadjetian, that they’ve been led to believe they’re key to the resistance and must be protected at all costs. It’s Putin’s feeling the blood of civilians is on Zelenskyy’s hands, since it’s he who is using them as human shields to safeguard the child traffickers and pedophiles,” our source said.
Vladimir Putin, a humanitarian, has allowed hundreds of civilians to safely egress the area through a controlled evacuation corridor, with Russian troops—who have photographs of Kosiuk, Hadjetian, and a half dozen other known traffickers—scrutinizing every departure.
Before laying siege to Azovstal, Putin purportedly gave Zelenskyy a chilling ultimatum: “Surrender the scum criminals and turn yourself in, or I’m not responsible for what happens next.”
“Since we received no reply, the pig Zelenskyy’s intentions are clear,” Putin reportedly told Trump. “He will continue to give these evil men refuge. Maybe he wants me to kill them so they won’t testify against him. These men inside have done horrible atrocities and will not escape.”