Russia plans to open reconstructed buildings in Mariupol in September

Russia plans to open reconstructed buildings in Mariupol in September

The first buildings under reconstruction in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, destroyed and occupied by Russian troops, will open in September, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khousnoulline said Monday.

“The first buildings will be ready in September. The first hospitals will be ready,” Khousnoulline said in an interview with Russian television channel RBK TV on Monday.

On Friday, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister presented to the head of state, Vladimir Putin, the reconstruction plan for the city of Mariupol, which should last three years.

The port city on the Sea of ​​Azov in southern Ukraine was captured by Russian forces in May after several weeks of a siege that devastated most of Mariupol.

Homes, schools, commercial establishments, streets and hospitals were affected by the bombing.

Most of the 400,000 inhabitants left the city before and during the fighting.

The population should reach “350,000 inhabitants” by 2025, Khousnoulline estimates, without specifying whether the Russian authorities plan to implement a policy of transmigration and repopulation.

The Russian deputy prime minister also indicated that the occupier plans to rebuild the city’s “technological center”, referring to the Azovstal industrial complex, where the last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol took refuge.

“We’re not thinking about rebuilding using old technologies. We’re going to create jobs that ‘feed’ the city through the economy,” Khousnoulline said.

Currently, the citizens left behind in Mariupol suffer from a lack of livelihoods and the water and electricity supplies are inadequate.

The Russian occupiers who attacked Ukraine again in February after the 2014 invasion are trying to restore normalcy to the newly conquered territories in the south and east of the country.

In most of these regions, Moscow has installed an administrative force that is preparing locally to hold referendums with a view to initiating a new “annexation process”, as happened previously in the Crimean peninsula.

Author: DN/Lusa

Source: El heraldo

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