Russian occupation “authorities” in Mariupol started to dismantle Illich Steel and Iron Works for scrap, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko said in a Telegram post on Aug. 19.
“Smoke is visibly rising over the metalworks today,” said Andriushchenko.
He suggested this indicates Russia is scrapping the facility:
“Essentially, now that the facility has been cleared of landmines, (they) began to carve it up for scrap.”
At the same time, city “authorities” keep promising locals that the metalworks will soon resume operations, promising employment.
Russian forces in Mariupol used city residents to clear the grounds of the steel mill from landmines, killing at least ten civilians in the process.