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Marіupol residents on brink as Russian occupation authorities ignore heating crisis

Russian soldiers walking along a street in Mariupol on 12 April 2022. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP

The occupation authorities in the temporarily seized Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, continue to devastate the city, which was almost completely destroyed by Russian forces in 2022, early in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s National Resistance Center has reported that a significant number of buildings in Mariupol are still not connected to the heating system after heavy bombardments ruined critical infrastructure. Consequently, the residents in the city are freezing in their apartments, which are gradually deteriorating.

Moreover, the occupiers have failed to address a garbage disposal crisis in Mariupol as the equipment needed to clean the city was looted earlier by invaders.

Despite the extensive propaganda efforts from the Russian occupation authorites, the Mariupol partisan movement, aiming for liberation, continues to thrive.

On 16 December, members of the Mariupol resistance claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack targeting a Russian military officer from Caucasus units. The Russian officer is currently hospitalized, according to the partisans.

Guerilla blitz: partisans in south Ukraine bomb Russian officer and fuel train

They said they detonated the car bomb simultaneously with explosions across Mariupol. This allowed them to conceal the attack from Russian occupiers and Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agents until the officer’s hospitalization.

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