View of a building in Mariupol destroyed during the fighting.
Mariupol (Ukraine) – Explosions rang out again in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which is occupied by Russian invasion forces. This was reported today by the Ukrainska Pravda server with reference to the Ukrainian Mariupol City Council, according to which explosions were reported today in the area of the local Ilyich steelworks. News about the explosions in Mariupol also appeared in the previous days, The New York Times writes in connection with them that Ukraine has found a way to strike deep behind enemy lines.
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“Mariupol. Explosions are heard again,” Ukrainian Mariupol City Council wrote in a telegram this morning. “Three explosions are reported in the area of the Ilyich plant. There is a high probability of enemy intervention, as the sky is clear – there are no traces of the work of the air defense of the occupiers,” added the city administration, according to which the Russian army sent planes into the air after the explosions.
< p>Advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andryushchenko, said in a telegram that two explosions thundered near the Ilyich metallurgical plant and another near the airport. The Ukrainian armed forces are hitting the bases of the occupiers with surgical precision, wrote Andryushchenko.
According to the Ukrainska pravda website, explosions were heard near the Ilyich iron and steel works on Wednesday evening, and on the morning of the same day near the port where the Russian army is said to be storing ammunition. Explosions in Mariupol, which is located in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, were also reported earlier.
This morning, the Russian TASS agency, citing Moscow-deployed police in Mariupol, wrote that today “the air defense system was probably working near the sea port ” in Mariupol. She did not provide any other information.
On Wednesday, the Russian state agency wrote that the part of the Donetsk region, which is controlled by Russian forces, became the target of “unprecedented” shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces on Wednesday night. “The air defense systems worked all night not only in the city (Donetsk), but also in many of our other cities, including Debaltseve, Mariupol,” said Igor Kimakovsky, an adviser to the head of the pro-Russian separatists, according to her. According to the Russian-appointed mayor of Mariupol, Oleg Morgun, Russian air defenses fired at the drones overnight Wednesday, with no casualties or damage reported.
Similar statements by individual parties to the conflict cannot be immediately independently verified in the conditions of war. Russia's invading army captured the strategic port city of Mariupol after heavy fighting last May.
Ukraine has found a way to strike deep behind enemy lines with a series of mysterious explosions, the US newspaper The New York Times wrote on Wednesday, according to which in a series of explosions rang out in the port city of Mariupol on Wednesday night. According to reports and video footage, in addition to the Russian-occupied Donetsk region, the Russian-controlled parts of the Luhansk and Kherson regions were also hit, the paper wrote.
Which targets were hit, he said, was perhaps less interesting than how Ukrainian forces managed hit. It's not the first time explosions have been reported deep behind enemy lines, but questions were mounting Wednesday about what happened, the paper said. According to him, in the past, Ukrainian defenders used, among other things, drones or an extensive network of partisans loyal to Kyiv against invading forces behind the front line.