More than 30,000 Russians are stationed in the occupied city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, the Mariupol City Council reported on the Telegram messenger on Jan. 10.
According to Mariupol mayor Vadym Boychenko, the city is filled not only with construction workers from Russia, but also with Kadyrovtsi (the personal troops of Chechen warlord Ramzam Kadyrov), soldiers from Russia’s Buryat region, and conscripts.
“We see that huge convoys are moving through Mariupol toward Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya,” he said.
“They are filled with mobilized people and weapons.”
Boychenko added the invaders were establishing three defense lines — toward Zaporizhzhya, Melitopol and Donetsk — with buildings being erected behind them.
“Under the guise of ‘restoration,’ they’re creating fortified positions that they will themselves blow up and film for propaganda during an offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the mayor said.