23 January 2024


In an interview with Italian radio RAI, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, told what the russian army actually did with the city and its people, how russia is trying to hide the traces of its crimes, and why the municipality's team is already preparing to rebuild the city after the de-occupation.

The mayor of Mariupol also shared with the audience what is actually happening in the occupied city. There are about 90,000 people left there, most of them are older people. In order to populate the city with people who support the occupiers, displaced persons from very poor, depressed areas of russia are brought to Mariupol. And the "reconstruction" described by russian propaganda is just a farce. In fact, they have not even managed to restore the permanent supply of utilities - the houses of Mariupol residents are cold, pipes are leaking and there is no stable water supply.

It should be reminded that the russians tried to initiate holding an exhibition in the city of Modena (Italy) to show the audience the "heyday" of Mariupol, which was destroyed by their army. Ukraine managed to get a cancellation of the event, for which a hall in a municipal building was rented. The mayor of Modena stated on his social media account that he "in no way supports initiatives that offer a pro-russian interpretation of the current conflict in Ukraine, which arose... with the russian invasion in 2022".

I would like to thank the mayor of Modena, Gian Carlo Muzzarelli, for not allowing this exhibition to be held. I propose to Modena to organise an exhibition to show the true face of Mariupol, which the city had before the war. And as it was almost completely destroyed by the occupiers, we can present the plans for the revival of Ukrainian Mariupol that we have in mind after de-occupation. We are not just waiting to return to Mariupol. We are working on a plan for its revival and restoration. Together with the Government of Ukraine, we are trying to do everything we can to support the people of Mariupol

said Vadym Boichenko, mayor of Mariupol

The municipality's team, with the support of partners, has created the Mariupol Reborn project, a step-by-step plan for the revival of war-affected communities. The project formulates a clear algorithm of actions that will take into account the needs of each community affected by the barbaric actions of the russian army. The roadmap can be used by de-occupied communities - from the restoration of infrastructure to the return of Ukrainian law to the territories liberated from the enemy. The Mariupol Reborn project has already united European cities, international partners, and large Ukrainian businesses around itself.  

The Mariupol Reborn project is being implemented by the Mariupol City Council with the investment support of Rinat Akhmetov's SCM and international donors.


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