Intercepted radio messages from the remaining beleaguered militants trapped in Mariupol declare their desperate plight. Out of food and ammunition they beg for Kiev to allow them to surrender. Kiev says no, you die there or you will be executed on return. Russian armed forces offer another, more clement, way, more humane way, to leave.
The outcome is assured, but will sense prevail? War is one thing, but dying unnecessarily for a lost cause would be the height of stupidity when there are other alternatives. Will self-preservation win out over irrational thought?
Is a government that will kill you for not dying to preserve it, worth dying for, when a more humane one holds out a hand?