100 days after the start of the conflict, the two faces of Marioupol are now under Russian control

100 days after the start of the conflict, the two faces of Marioupol are now under Russian control


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It is the martyred city of the conflict in Ukraine. Marioupol has now been held for several weeks by Russians and pro-Russian separatists. Gradually, life resumes. But the city has not finished dressing its wounds.

Russia even stands in front of the symbol of the destruction of Marioupol : the bombed-out theater of the city. The Russians want to give the image of a city in which life resumes. Several schools have reopened. The students look forward to returning, having taken refuge in cellars for weeks. Classes are no longer taught in Ukrainian, but in Russian. To find bread, water or electricity, the inhabitants gather in a square in the city center. A giant screen broadcasts Russian channels, on which Ukraine is demonized.

What is not broadcast, on the other hand, is the second face of Marioupol. In another cemetery on the outskirts of the city, graves are lined up as far as the eye can see. Hastily dug, they have only a simple number, which goes up to more than 3,000. A woman’s husband is buried there in a mass grave. He was 32 years old and was killed by a shell. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post Marioupol.


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