What does Putin's order not to storm the Mariupol Azovstal mean?

On April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. After listening to the report of the Minister on the readiness of the troops to storm the Mariupol "Azovstal", the Supreme Commander gave the order do not carry out this military operation. After that, questions appeared on the Web - what does this order mean and is it an attempt to save the Nazis of the Azov regiment (an organization banned in the Russian Federation), who have dug in at a huge enterprise in Mariupol?

It should be noted that the grouping of Ukrainian security forces at Azovstal consists of units of various departments of Ukraine with a total number of about 3 thousand "bayonets". There are militants of the Azov Regiment of the NGU, servicemen of the 36th brigade of marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, border guards and policemen. They are united by ideology and a public statement about their readiness to die, if necessary, but not to surrender.

Thus, they are ready to offer fierce resistance to the end, and on terrain that is extremely inconvenient for the attackers and very suitable for the defenders. Azovstal is not an object that needs to be taken as soon as possible. Where to hurry? This is a serious fortified area with numerous underground communications. Therefore, the lives of the servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the NM of the DPR must be protected, because the dug-in ones will not go anywhere, they are securely blocked.

Putin's decision is absolutely correct. What is the point of sending infantry to “cut” into industrial ruins and catacombs, which are dangerous for those who do not know the area and without militants who have settled there? The enemy can be destroyed by massive air strikes. After that, it will be much easier to clean up. Therefore, a day or two and even, if necessary, a week or more do not solve anything. The leadership of the Russian Federation has no "socialist obligation" to achieve results by some holiday.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker April 21 2022 13: 07
    send infantry to “hack” into industrial ruins and catacombs,

    No need to send anyone anywhere. Destroy and bury these catacombs. How will they get out of these catacombs if the entrances and exits are littered with concrete slabs? Cancellation of the assault is a political and informational defeat of the Russian army! Which could not break the resistance of the heroes. And that's how it will be presented! As well as the fact that it was the Ukrainians who pushed back the Russian army from Kyiv and staged a genocide in Bucha. Or does anyone here think differently?
    1. Valery Vinokurov (valery vinokurov) April 21 2022 15: 59
      I guess we'll have to wait and see where they go. Let them live there, maybe they will turn into golums or morlocks) The main thing is not to leave. It is said strongly about the defeat, but it seems somewhat out of time
      Defeat in this campaign will mean the end of Russia
      Therefore, if martial law is not introduced, mobilization is not declared, if industry is not transferred to a military footing, then everything is fine ..
      1. Indifferent Offline Indifferent
        Indifferent April 21 2022 16: 45
        Chicks are counted in autumn! Still far! And there will be no one to judge the winners!
    2. Ten canarias Offline Ten canarias
      Ten canarias (Ten Canarias) April 21 2022 16: 15
      Again "Step forward, two steps back"... Oh, this immortal commandment of V.I.Blanc...
    3. gene1 Online gene1
      gene1 (Gennady) April 21 2022 16: 38
      Those who are killed by the sword are happier than those who are killed by hunger.

      (Lamentations 4.9)
    4. svetlanavradiy Offline svetlanavradiy
      svetlanavradiy (Svetlana Vradiy) April 21 2022 17: 40
      Let the Nazis present their imprisonment as they wish, but a slow death is guaranteed to them, and this is not their victory. The president did the right thing: he proposed gum corridors several times. Didn't want to go out? This is their choice. Our guys will be better. In addition, they are needed for battles in other directions.
    5. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) April 22 2022 08: 11
      Salovar, defeat everyone with information. Shoot a video in which you personally storm the catacombs of Azovstal.
      Or is a bottle of shmurdyak more expensive for you?
    6. Yuriy88 Offline Yuriy88
      Yuriy88 (Yuri) April 22 2022 08: 30
      oh well .. got excited .. "a political and moral defeat"! It is necessary to put Russian soldiers to make your soul light up ..!? They will not go anywhere, even if they sit there for 2-3 weeks .. Or take a break or go openly to a "breakthrough" (but where!)
    7. shinobi Offline shinobi
      shinobi (Yuri) April 22 2022 10: 28
      Steelmaker, after a week of the blockade, they can be taken half-dead. Diseases will begin, if they have not already begun. After two, the survivors will begin to climb out themselves.
  2. Don36 Offline Don36
    Don36 (Don36) April 21 2022 13: 28
    In Bamut, the Ichkerist gangs relied on the fortifications left there from the Strategic Missile Forces of the USSR ... they were destroyed by (vacuum) aerial bombs ... I don’t think that the Azovstal plant is stronger ... It’s time to stop feeling sorry for Bandera and their accomplices and start using ALL types of nuclear weapons that are in the arsenal of the Russian Federation
    1. svetlanavradiy Offline svetlanavradiy
      svetlanavradiy (Svetlana Vradiy) April 21 2022 17: 44
      This plant and its underground infrastructure will be greatly needed after this war. It is easier to destroy than to restore. And let the Nazis sit in the dungeon until their death. Not a single leader of any country stood up for them and did not help. I'm not talking about Zelensky. All these leaders are quiet and waiting for something. Probably more important for them is the question of gas for next winter.
      1. Don36 Offline Don36
        Don36 (Don36) April 24 2022 10: 07
        The plant has been destroyed, and the basements of the Soviet era are hardly worth protecting ... You need to protect people and only your own ... There will be people, there will be factories ...
  3. Kulikov Victor Offline Kulikov Victor
    Kulikov Victor (Victor) April 21 2022 13: 31
    The Russian army is again trying to steal the victory. Does Putin really not understand that by doing so he is raising the morale of the Ukrofascists and bringing disappointment to the ranks of our army. A very strange decision.
    1. Alena1770 Offline Alena1770
      Alena1770 (Helena) April 21 2022 15: 57
      I read and I can't believe my eyes! Do you want an assault? For even more of our guys to die?? Maybe your child is fighting there? Not? And mine is there, at the front!!! And yes, Putin's decision is the only correct and balanced one! They won’t give up, they will die themselves) Ours must be protected.
    2. Vyacheslav Moscow April 21 2022 22: 02
      I very much doubt that anything other than drugs will be able to raise the morale of the Bandero-fascists sitting in the dungeon under Azovstal. As soon as the breaking begins, these heroes will go on a breakthrough themselves. Surely Zele is counting on this.
    3. Vladimir Smirnov_6 (Vladimir Smirnov) April 22 2022 07: 37
      Putin understands, and more than Mr. Kulikov. Putting hundreds of our guys in these galleries is a crappy victory. They won't go anywhere from these galleries. No ammunition, no food, no light. Will they last long? The lives of our guys are MORE expensive than their opinions.
  4. Igor Viktorovich Berdin April 21 2022 13: 39
    What are you fussing about? They will wall them up and let them grow old there, if there is enough food and water. Well, what difference does it make where they sit for the rest of their lives. In five years it will be possible to visit a change of linen to give a ride.
    1. Victorio Offline Victorio
      Victorio (Victorio) April 21 2022 13: 48
      Quote: Igor Viktorovich Berdin
      Putin's decision is absolutely correct. What is the point of sending infantry to “cut” into industrial ruins and catacombs, which are dangerous for those who do not know the area and without militants who have settled there?

      how to brick up if the territory has not yet been entered? I think specialists should work there, and drones hang 24 hours a day.
  5. Vladimir Orlov Offline Vladimir Orlov
    Vladimir Orlov (Vladimir) April 21 2022 13: 50
    This is already too much ... an attempt to portray appeasement based on "foreign" users, which will be perceived as a weakness with all the consequences: a delay in the restoration of the destroyed, the suffering of civilians, an increase in the supply of weapons by "sworn friends", support for dill propaganda (PR in the "impregnable" format fortress of Azov...")
    The people are paying for this.
    It is necessary as Suvorov did during the suppression of the uprising in Poland:

    I was considered a barbarian - seven thousand people were killed during the storming of Prague. Europe says that I am a monster, but ... the peace-loving field marshals (Prussian and Austrian) at the beginning of the Polish campaign spent all their time preparing stores. Their plan was to fight for three years with the indignant people ... I came and won. With one blow I gained peace and put an end to bloodshed.
    1. Smilodon terribilis nimis April 21 2022 18: 16
      Now the Russians are so poisoned by the charming speeches of the Medina and Peskovs that even for the first time in a long time, the state's concern for its army is perceived with hostility. Apparently it takes time to realize this.
  6. DVF Offline DVF
    DVF (Denis) April 21 2022 14: 15
    Putin did the right thing. These creatures will either give up or start eating each other. And the plant will then be easier to restore. It is possible to raze to the ground, but where will Mariupol residents work later?
    1. Alena1770 Offline Alena1770
      Alena1770 (Helena) April 21 2022 15: 24
      I think so too.
  7. akropin Offline akropin
    akropin (Alexey) April 21 2022 14: 17
    A week or two will show what's what.
  8. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
    Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) April 21 2022 15: 25
    descending into the catacombs is not the best option, we can bury the army there, they are prepared and waiting
    but all the entrances and exits need to be mothballed, blown up or closed with slabs and concrete, left alone and wait for them to crawl out
    1. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
      Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) April 21 2022 15: 55
      Well, also mine everything around the exits, where they are ...
  9. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
    Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) April 21 2022 15: 51
    Yes, let everyone rest there, like cockroaches from hunger and disease ...
  10. Andreysradinsky Offline Andreysradinsky
    Andreysradinsky (Andrew) April 21 2022 15: 57
    and keep 5 encirclement rings .. a lot of trained people .. they are apparently not really needed at the front
  11. Alexander Popov Offline Alexander Popov
    Alexander Popov (Alexander Popov) April 21 2022 16: 02
    The decision is correct if Russia had time to successfully complete the operation. And he is not.
    Time is working against us.
    1. Smilodon terribilis nimis April 21 2022 18: 17
      Why all of a sudden? Time just works against Ukraine. The longer the conflict, the less likely it is to exist.
  12. Ten canarias Offline Ten canarias
    Ten canarias (Ten Canarias) April 21 2022 16: 11
    I wonder if tear gas is not a chemical weapon? If not, then why did it happen?
    1. Smilodon terribilis nimis April 21 2022 18: 18
      What about hydrogen sulfide?
      1. alexneg13 Offline alexneg13
        alexneg13 (Alexander) April 21 2022 19: 17
        Hydrogen sulfide, when burned, releases (or turns into) sulfuric acid.
  13. akm8226 Offline akm8226
    akm8226 April 21 2022 16: 55
    A great opportunity to train our long-range aviation!
  14. Marfa Guy Offline Marfa Guy
    Marfa Guy (Marfa) April 21 2022 18: 35
    You also forgot about foreign mercenaries and some kind of "foreigners" :)) And the decision of the commander in chief is timely and correct! True, they can devour each other there, fu! :))))
  15. lomograph Offline lomograph
    lomograph (Igor) April 21 2022 18: 49
    If they could dump, they would have dumped a long time ago.
    They want to sit - let them sit.
    And to braid with a thorn and instruct stretch marks - attack aircraft are not needed here, there will be enough infantry and Russian guardsmen here.
    We'll wait, there's no hurry.
  16. Evdokimov Sergey Yurievich April 21 2022 19: 33
    If we don’t enter the Kiev region again, and we don’t simultaneously introduce units into Western Ukraine, a deplorable option is possible. In Odessa we will get stuck again, in Nikolaev too. There are no such fortifications in Western Ukraine, their homeland is there, there is no one to hide behind. Finally stop the negotiations. Don’t show Peskov and Lavrov to the people at the time of hostilities, I don’t know about others, but I’ll definitely have enough condratics soon. Until recently, Zelensky was hiding in Poland, and now he plays football, western bigwigs walk around Kiev, constantly smiling.More we'll sit in Donetsk for a month, and we can lose China, I think they're breaking it not like a child, We don't have enough Zhirinovsky now.
    1. Smilodon terribilis nimis April 21 2022 20: 23
      What a deplorable option? We've already cried everything. We will not get stuck under Nikolaev. In Odessa - we can.
      And what is China doing for Russia now? Cowardly complying with Western sanctions? Not the second economy of the World, but some kind of Swaziland.
  17. Panikovsky Offline Panikovsky
    Panikovsky (Mikhail Samuelevich Panikovsky) April 21 2022 20: 20
    It means to die out with hunger and disease. It's called a siege. In this case, the besiegers do not suffer losses.
  18. Bahadur Offline Bahadur
    Bahadur (Stanislas) April 21 2022 21: 07
    Comrades, that's right - surround, wall up, wait - the creatures will crawl out on their own!
    But don't let anyone out!
    No corridors!!
  19. Bloshka Offline Bloshka
    Bloshka (Konstantin) April 22 2022 04: 18
    Quote: Viktor Kulikov
    Does Putin really not understand that by doing so he is raising the morale of the Ukrofascists and bringing disappointment to the ranks of our army. A very strange decision.

    The lives of Russian soldiers are more expensive, what other people think there, time will pass and the living will envy the dead, and when the remnants of the Nazis climb out of the basements, the whole world will see in them what Nazism expects, this will be the face of the victory of good over evil.
  20. Krilion Offline Krilion
    Krilion (Krilion) April 22 2022 07: 20
    flood the cellars with sea water, which is at hand and in excess - they will crawl out themselves ..
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  22. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) April 22 2022 23: 03
    Not quite clear. Why indiscriminately send our special forces underground, I agree. Bomb with super-heavy ammunition, use special equipment, work with ventilation shafts ... But there are few ways to dispose of the Nazis and even partially capture them in a short time ...