Debris and rubble began to be collected and cleaned from the streets of Mariupol, even by Russian occupiers in the city after prolonged fighting there.
Residents of Mariupol were filmed on Wednesday (May 11th) trying to return to their daily routine after Russia took control of the entire city, except for the Azovstal steel plant.
Workers from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations were seen clearing rubble, cutting wood for local citizens and providing them with water. One of the locals, Sergei, said his house was destroyed by the bombings, according to Reuters.
Debris and rubble were cleared from the streets of Mariupol after bodies were picked up.
Russia declared victory over the city of Mariupol on April 21, after weeks of siege and bombing. The Azovstal steel plant is the last part of the city still owned by Ukrainian fighters.
Mariupol was home to over 400,000 people before the war. Following the mass evacuations, some arranged by the UN and the ICRC, local authorities say that Mariupol now has between 150,000 and 170,000 inhabitants.
Ukrainian emergency services have recovered the bodies of those killed in Mariupol, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the port city of Mariupol “liberated” after nearly two months of siege.
However, hundreds of fighters and civilians were still hiding inside a huge steel plant, and Ukraine said Putin wanted to avoid a final confrontation because he did not have the troops to win.
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