The Ukrainian city of Mariupol will eventually be liberated from Russian occupation, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Telegram post on June 13.
“On the eighth anniversary of Mariupol’s liberation from Russian terrorists, again we are in a struggle for the city and Ukraine as a whole,” said Zelensky.
“Just as back in 2014, Mariupol will be liberated.”
The president added that Russian troops will be driven from all other Ukrainian settlements they occupy.
Mariupol was besieged by invading Russian forces in the opening week of the invasion. The city has been almost completely reduced to rubble. Municipal officials estimate that at least 25,000 residents have been killed by Russian attacks in the city.
Mariupol mayor Vadym Boichenko earlier warned that the city is facing a cholera epidemic, as water supply and treatment is still not available. The outbreak could claim 10,000 more people by the end of the year.