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A view of Mariupol from its outskirts
Mariupol is one of the cities that border the Sea of Azov. It can seen on the north shore of this map.

Mariupol is a port city, of approximately 500,000 people, in Ukraine's Donbas region.[1] During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine the city was the site of prolonged fighting. CBC News quotes Ukrainian officials estimates that at least 25,000 people died during the Russian attack.[2][3]

The city was first attacked by Russian forces in early March, 2022.[1] By mid-May, most of the city was in Russian hands, but a pocket of Ukrainian resistance remained at and around the large Azovstal steel plant.

In March, 2022, there was a controversy over the destruction of a maternity hospital. When the western press published pictures of wounded women in the last stages of pregnancy, fleeing the hospital, Russian spokesmen denied attacking the hospital. They claimed women, like Mariana Vishegirskaya, weren't expecting, and that their wounds were merely makeup. They later acknowledged attacking the building, but claimed it had stopped being a hospital, and had been transformed into a barracks for neo-Nazis.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mariupol: Key moments in the siege of the city". BBC News. 2022-05-17. Retrieved 2022-08-12. 
  2. "The 'devastating truth' about what happened in Mariupol, Ukraine, from those who lived through the destruction". The Passionate Eye. 2022-11-24. Archived from the original on 2022-11-28. Retrieved 2022-11-28. "Mariupol was a modern, thriving European port city of about 430,000. Over the course of roughly three months starting in early 2022, it was destroyed. Ukrainian officials estimate that at least 25,000 of its inhabitants were killed." 
  3. Vanessa Caldwell (2022-11-24). "She spent 2 months underground with her infant son — and 1,000 other people — as Russia attacked Mariupol". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2022-11-25. Retrieved 2022-08-12. "But that changed when Russia attacked the city in early 2022. Officials say for almost three months, Mariupol was subject to constant shelling: thousands of buildings were destroyed and at least 25,000 residents were killed."