Mariupol: there is no parade, but there is a "carnival" - Mayor's Advisor
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO — MONDAY, 9 MAY 2022, 11:42
The Russian occupiers have deployed 300 metres of "St. George ribbon" in the besieged city of Mariupol, and with the help of guest performers from the occupied territories are trying to create an image for Russian TV.
Source: Advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol Petro Andriushchenko on Telegram
Details: According to Andriushchenko, the occupiers stretched 300 metres of a striped "rag" – that is, the "St. George's ribbon," banned in Ukraine – along Nakhimov Avenue, one of the central streets of Mariupol, which is almost destroyed as a result of shelling. And all this against the backdrop of a cannonade from Azovstal, where the enemy has resumed the assault on the Ukrainian forces.
According to local residents, people/volunteers from Novoazovsk and Donetsk were brought in to carry the "potato beetle sheet" [in reference to the resemblance of the St. George’s ribbon’s coloured stripes to those of the Colorado potato beetle]. Mostly Russians. They’ve also selectively recruited elderly people from Mariupol.
Quote: "No excitement or joy on the street along the procession was particularly noticeable. People are lured to the square because of the promises of a field kitchen and additional supplies of food.
Putlerjugends [a reference to Putin and Hitler Youth, "Hitler Jugend"] are in place. The eternal flame from Moscow itself is in place. The occupiers are in place. Collaborators are in place. The only ones who are not present are Mariupol residents. Something went wrong with the holiday. Because Mariupol is Ukraine, not Muscovy."