Heating season impossible in occupied Mariupol, says mayor

11 August, 08:43 PM
There will be no heating season in Mariupol this year (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

There will be no heating season in Mariupol this year (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian invading forces will not be able to implement the 2022-2023 heating season in the occupied city of Mariupol, local mayor Vadym Boychenko said during a briefing on Aug 11.

“There will be no heating season this year, which means it will be very cold,” he said.

“People understand that. And that’s why we see that the number of Ukrainians leaving for our (Ukrainian-controlled) territory is growing.”

According to Boychenko, the invaders will not be able to provide the city’s population with drinking water, while the supply of technical water from the reserve storage is designed for only nine months.

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“The Siverskyi Donets River is the source of water supply for the city of Mariupol, the mayor said.

“They destroyed this network and it cannot be rebuilt. It requires billions of hryvnias and a ceasefire, but it will not happen.”

A protest by public utility workers has kicked off in Russian-occupied Mariupol. In particular, they refused to go to work and have demanded their salaries.

The local city council said that the invaders had miscalculated as they were used to the slave mentality of the Russians. But the people of Mariupol have dignity, and they are used to having their work respected.

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