Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky, the representative of the military press service of Ukraine, said on Sunday that there is panic among the Russian military in occupied Mariupol in the south-east of Ukraine due to explosions in ammunition and fuel depots. The reason for the explosions is the Ukrainian shelling of the city.
“The enemy is a little surprised by the ‘cotton’ that occurs in this section. Warehouses of fuel, equipment and ammunition have already been set up in Mariupol. That is why the decision was made to carry out the activities that are currently being carried out there,” said the military, quoted on Sunday by the Ukrainian weekly Dzerkalo Tyżnia. (Ukrainians call “cotton” explosions in Russian-occupied territory and in Russia).
As he added, the occupying forces are panicking because their bases and warehouses can be hit by the Ukrainian armed forces.
Ukrainian shelling of the city
On Thursday, Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Defense Forces in southern Ukraine, she said that Mariupol “is no longer completely unreachable” for the Ukrainian military. Previously, the authorities of Mariupol, loyal to Kyiv, reported several explosions in this city.
Petro Andryushchenko, a pro-Ukrainian adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, wrote on Telegram on Thursday that at least four explosions were recorded in the city in the morning at the locations of the aggressor’s troops.
“Ukrainian troops are attacking the occupiers’ bases with surgical precision. It’s good, and there will be even more such cases,” wrote the local government official. He added that the explosions took place in the metallurgical plant and near the airport.
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