3rd March 2022… South Front News
Mariupol is a big port city, mainly ethnic Russian, situated in the part of Donetsk still controlled by Ukraine, between the Russian controlled areas of Donetsk Repuiblic (DPR) and Crimea. The Ukranian Nazis aim to again keep the city by any means (as they did in 2014) and have prepared a trap which threatens to cause a bloodbath as Russian and DPR troops close in.
The city of Mariupol remains blockaded by the joint forces of Russia and the DPR. Fighting is going on the outskirts of the city. At the same time, the joint forces do not begin the major assault, but several clashes were recorded in the city’s outskirts.
On March 2, the mayor of Mariupol Vadim Boychenko confirmed the beginning of street fighting in the city. According to him, Mariupol is being stormed from the northern and northwestern directions.
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No attempts of counter-offensive attacks by Ukrainian forces were reported.
Given the large number of Ukrainian armed forces and nationalistic fighters in the city, it will not be possible to take it quickly. The main place of concentration of Ukrainian nationalist forces is Ordzhonikidze district, the left bank of the Kalmius River.
However, the UAF have no forces in the region to deblockade the city. The roads leading to Mariupol are under control of the joint forces of Russia and the DPR. On March 2, the DPR units closed the ring around Mariupol and took control over the settlements of Primorskoye, Priazovskoye, Shevchenko and Berdyansk.
As previously stated by the representative of the DPR, there is still a chance to organize the evacuation of civilians. For example, the Consulate General of Greece in Mariupol is compiling lists of residents with their own vehicles, for whom a “green corridor” should be secured, so that they could go to Romania and further to Greece. The evacuation of women and children is also reportedly being worked out.
However, the nationalist battalions, which are hiding in large numbers in residential areas of the city, are in no hurry to let their ‘human shields’ go.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia reported that in Mariupol, militants of the Azov battalion mined the workshops of the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal. Nationalists are ready to blow up the plant with people in case of a breakthrough in the city. Also, the Russian representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia claimed the preparation of provocations with civilians in hostage, including women and children, were detected in the local schools.
At the same time, unlike in Kharkiv, the civilian territorial defense is inactive in Mariupol. The distribution of weapons is limited.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation in the city is deteriorating. There is no food and medicine supply in the city, people are starting to starve.
In many areas, power grids, water utilities and various civil infrastructure have been damaged. Despite the fact that the assault has not yet begun.