Since February 21, at least 14 explosions have been heard in the city – in an ammunition depot at the airport and fuel depots. The Mariupol direction has ceased to be unattainable for the Ukrainian military.
The Russian military command is worried about the explosions in Mariupol. The occupiers considered this city a zone inaccessible to the strike capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, says in the intelligence report of the British Department of Defense.
Since February 21, pro-Russian proteges have reported at least 14 explosions around the Russian-occupied city, intelligence officers noted.
Intelligence indicated that Mariupol became the largest city that the Russian Armed Forces managed to capture during the invasion
According to the British military, the strikes hit an ammunition depot at the airport, two fuel depots and a steel plant that Russia has turned into a military base.
Mariupol is located at least 80 km from the front line. The city was badly damaged at the beginning of a full-scale war, but is still of great importance to the Russian Federation, British intelligence indicates.
“First of all, this is the largest city captured by Russia in 2022. It is located on a key logistics route,” the experts concluded.
Recall that on the morning of February 23, several explosions thundered in the occupied Mariupol. An adviser to the mayor of the city, Pyotr Andryushchenko, claimed that the arrivals were in the area of the airport and through the closed territory of the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works in the area of the colony.
The day before, Andryushchenko spoke about 12 explosions and the destruction of at least 2 fuel depots. Objects on the territory of the seaport were also damaged. Russian propagandists unsubstantiatedly announced the use of GLSDB cruise bombs by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Ukrainian military announced that the Mariupol direction had ceased to be absolutely unattainable. NSDC Secretary Aleksey Danilov warned that similar strikes could also be expected in other cities occupied by Russian invaders.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny believes that temporarily occupied Mariupol can be recaptured in 2023.
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