According to the SBU, the Russian authorities want to hold a military parade in the occupied Mariupol. This is quite consonant with the information that Putin wanted to lead captured Ukrainian soldiers during a parade through the streets, as Stalin arranged in 1944.
Today in Mariupol there was an attempt to storm the Azovstal plant where the last defenders of the city took refuge. This attempt was repulsed, but according to the statements of the Ukrainian side, communication with the fighters in the dungeons of the Azovstal plant was lost.
At the same time, the Russian media announced the provision of a humanitarian corridor for civilians in the bomb shelters of the plant.
To show the captured fighters of the Azov battalion, according to Putin, is the highest achievement and a good propaganda maneuver.
According to the Reports of the Ukrainian side, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation Sergey Kiriyenko arrived in Mariupol, in charge of Russian propaganda.
It is possible that Kiriyenko visited Mariupol precisely for the purpose of organizing a festive parade on May 9.