First Cargo Vessel Sails From Mariupol Since Russia’s Attack On Ukraine
A cargo vessel loaded with metal has left Mariupol for Russia on Tuesday, the first time a vessel has sailed from Ukraine’s ports since the war had begun. The pro-Kremlin separatist leader in Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, mentioned on Telegram that about 2,500 tonnes of sheet metal rolls have departed the Mariupol Port and the ship has set sail for Rostov.
The transport hub is essential for Donbas. This is the biggest port on the Sea of Azov and the only one where all types of cargo can be managed, including during winter.
The port of Mariupol was the second-busiest port in Ukraine, after Odesa, before Russia launched an attack on 24 February.
Russia mentioned last week the port was going to reopen after the military was able to demine a 1.5 million square meters patch in the port with sappers working at docks and on moored ships.
Following weeks of devastating siege that had left the city in its ruins, Russia’s forces earlier this month took complete control of Mariupol when Ukraine’s forces were holding out inside the Azovstal steelworks surrendered.