Russian forces in occupied Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, have rigged bridges in the city with explosives and set up defensive structures near each one, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko said in a Telegram post on July 24.
According to him, the Russians have restricted access to the bridges and fenced off areas around the defensive structures. Andriushchenko noted that despite Moscow’s claims, its troops are actively preparing for a battle for the city.
"Despite all the blah-blah-blah of Russian propaganda, they are genuinely and strongly preparing for an inevitable battle for Mariupol," said Andriushchenko.
On July 21, he stated that a rapid increase in the movement of Russian military equipment had been observed in Mariupol.
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