Russia wants to finish the first reconstructions in Mariupol in September
The first buildings under reconstruction in Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine devastated by weeks of bombing, will be inaugurated in September, Russia, which now occupies the site, has announced. “The first buildings will be ready in September. The first hospitals will be ready”This was said on Monday by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin in an interview with the Russian television station RBK TV.
On Friday, she presented President Vladimir Putin with a plan to rebuild Mariupol in three years, a goal that seems ambitious given the extent of the destruction. The strategic port of Mariupol was captured by Russian forces in May after weeks of siege that devastated much of the city. Residential buildings, schools, shops, streets: nothing was spared.
Before the Russian military offensive, the city built on the coast of the Sea of Azov had more than 400,000 inhabitants. However, it has been largely depopulated, with many residents fleeing the fighting. The population is expected to increase to 350,000 by 2025, Khousnoulline said, without specifying whether Russian authorities plan to implement a repopulation policy.
The Russian deputy prime minister also hinted that the Russian occupation forces were planning to rebuild “technology park” the devastated industrial area of the Azovstal steel mills, where the last Ukrainian defenders settled. “We are not considering restoration with old technologies. We will create jobs that will drive the city through the economy.said Mr. Khousnullin.
The inhabitants of Mariupol currently continue to suffer from multiple shortages of water and electricity, while the restoration of water and electricity is very irregular.
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