The Russian occupation “authorities” do not plan to restore the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, which they destroyed, the Kremlin-controlled news agency TASS reported on Jan. 24.
Yulia Maksimova, director of Roskapstroy, a company overseen by the Russian Ministry of Construction, also said that another of the biggest enterprises in Mariupol, the Illich Iron and Steel Works, is currently shut down and the Russian administration is not going to restore it either.
"No one will be restoring Azovstal, because it is impossible and unprofitable to restore the Soviet enterprise on the scale it was before," Maksimova said.
Currently, the occupation authorities in Mariupol, according to the Russian official, consider the development of agriculture profitable in the port city.
In the summer of 2022, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said that the destroyed Azovstal plant "will continue to operate as an industrial park or a recreation center."
Earlier, NV reported that after the demolition of the drama theater in the temporarily occupied Mariupol, where hundreds of civilians were killed, the Russians are continuing to raze buildings of historical significance.