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Explosions in Mariupol this morning

Explosions in Mariupol this morning Explosions in Mariupol on November 22 (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Powerful explosions rocked Mariupol on the morning of Wednesday, November 22. The reasons are currently unknown, according to Mariupol mayor's advisor Petro Andriushchenko.

"Mariupol. East. Loud. Details are being clarified," he wrote.

It's worth reminding that Mariupol was captured by Russian invaders in May 2022. Since the start of the full-scale war, the city has been a prime target for the Russians.

Before the complete occupation, the Russian army relentlessly destroyed the city with airstrikes. The main stronghold for Ukrainian defenders was the Azovstal plant. Military and civilians remained at the plant until the last days. Following the orders of the Ukrainian command, Ukrainian defenders surrendered to captivity to preserve their lives.

Russians are establishing new logistics in Mariupol

According to satellite images published online, Russian occupiers aim to connect Mariupol with Russian cities like Rostov, Taganrog, and other major cities in the Donbas region. They have already started building a road.

This will allow the occupiers in the future to bypass the Crimean Bridge and transport resources and forces to the front by sea and rail.

Furthermore, as Andriushchenko previously revealed, Russian occupiers are constructing a direct railway connection with the occupied Mariupol, Volnovakha, and Donetsk, as well as deepening the port.