In addition to manpower, the enemy is pulling military equipment into the city and its surroundings in preparation for a possible offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Russian command sent an additional military contingent to Mariupol. Today approximately 30,000 Russian military personnel are based in the city and its environs. This was stated on Friday, February 3, in the publication of the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko.
According to him, this past week alone, the number of invaders in the region increased by 10-15 thousand. Most of them are located in the villages closest to Mariupol.
Also, a unit of “Kadyrovites” numbering 2-3 thousand soldiers entered one of the coastal villages.
“Perhaps, this is the formation of a detachment for a potential offensive, because, according to our information, no major actions of the Russian Guard are planned either in Mariupol or in the region,” Andryushchenko wrote.
He also noted that “cleansing operations” intensified in the villages of the Mariupol region, and the invaders themselves tell the locals that the priority direction of the attack is Vuhledar and Zaporozhye. It was also noted that the movement of equipment was carried out at night and there was an attempt to bypass Mariupol.
Recall that in the occupied Mariupol, the invaders decided to demolish a multi-storey building, where 200 inhabitants died in an enemy strike.
Andryushchenkoo recently reported that a car with Russian officials was blown up in Mariupol.
Russia is gathering forces and equipment near Mariupol – the mayor’s office
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