Invaders to resettle Mariupol residents in apartments of those who fled, says mayor’s adviser

30 June, 05:00 PM
Occupiers plan to start demolishing houses in Mariupol from July 1 (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Occupiers plan to start demolishing houses in Mariupol from July 1 (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Russian invasion forces in Mariupol plan to house people evicted during the demolition of buildings in the apartments of residents who left the city, said the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petro Andryushchenko on Telegram on June 30.

"During the eviction, people are planned to be resettled in unoccupied apartments that have survived,” he wrote.

“An inventory of the remaining housing stock of these apartments will be conducted under the guise of (conducting) a house inspection. Apartments where the owner does not appear within three months will be declared ownerless and become the property of Mariupol."

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According to Andryushchenko, if the owners of the apartments where people have been rehoused appear, the property owners will be resettled in other vacant housing.

Resettlement in concrete prefabricated housing modules is planned for August at the earliest. People will be housed without interior decoration – bare walls.

At the same time, the organization of storage of personal belongings and furniture is not planned.

"Your treasures are your problem,” Andryushchenko wrote. “Given the lack of any warehouses, except for the military, people will be forced to abandon their furniture either in their apartments or on the streets. In fact, being left with nothing."

Andryushchenko said that the beginning of the active phase of demolition is planned for mid-July. On July 1, a general list of buildings to be demolished will be published.

"When and which ones will be demolished will be decided depending on the (resistance to) the situation and the presence of real residents. The fewer residents, the faster the demolition," he said.

The port city of Mariupol was besieged by Russian invasion forces for more than four months. The actions of the Russian military have led to a large-scale humanitarian disaster. The invaders bombed the city's residential quarters and civilian infrastructure and blocked the sending of humanitarian aid, with at least 25,000 residents being killed in the siege.

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, reported that due to problems with the water supply, the city is at risk of an outbreak of infectious diseases, and more than 10,000 people may die by the end of the year.

The invaders recently began preparations for the demolition of the high-rise buildings they had destroyed without clearing the rubble or any human remains, at the same time evicting the residents.

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