Invaders begin loading rolled metal products in port of Mariupol mayor's adviser

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KATERYNA TYSHCHENKOSATURDAY, 28 MAY 2022, 16: 21

PHOTO FROM ANDRIUSHCHENKO’s TELEGRAM

The invaders have begun loading rolled metal products from the Port of Mariupol.

Source: adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, on Telegram

Quote: "The invaders have started loading the first shipment of rolled metal products from the Port of Mariupol. Since there has been no confirmation of the ‘new gate’ having been unlocked, the metal will be exported in small batches."

Details: According to Andriushchenko, on Friday evening information was received that a large group of Kadyrovites [Russian units subordinate to the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov -ed.] entered Mariupol. And on Saturday, major attempts to load rolled metal products in the Port of Mariupol resumed.

In Andriushchenko’s opinion, this indicates that the invaders gave Mariupol "to the Kadyrovites to loot and there will be no ‘restoration’, only looting and terror," and also that "not without the help of the Kadyrovites, the invaders found specialists in Mariupol who can do the impossible."

Background: On 24 May, the Russian Defence Ministry announced that mine clearance had been completed at the port of occupied Mariupol and that a humanitarian corridor had been opened up to allow foreign vessels in port to depart.

On 27 May, the Metinvest Group declared that the seizure and reopening of the port of Mariupol indicate that the invaders can export metallurgical products to [Russian] ports in Rostov, Taganrog, Novorossiysk and Tuapse and to occupied Sevastopol.