Russian bombing causes serious damage to large industrial plant in Mariupol

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The Azovstal steel and metallurgical factory in Mariupol, one of the largest in Europe, was seriously damaged by Russian attacks, Ukrainian officials denounced this Sunday (03.20.2022).

鈥淥ne of the most important metallurgical industries in Europe is destroyed. The economic losses for Ukraine are immense, 鈥漵aid MP Lesia Vasylenko, who posted a video on her Twitter showing thick plumes of smoke above the industrial complex.

Another parliamentarian, Sergei Taruta, wrote on his Facebook page that the Russian forces besieging Mariupol 鈥渉ave practically destroyed the factory.鈥

Factory had taken preventive measures

Azovstal CEO Enver Tskitishvili said in a video message on Telegram that the company had taken precautionary measures at the plant since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24 to prevent any damage to the environment.

鈥淐oke oven batteries no longer represent a danger to the lives of the inhabitants. We also correctly shut down the blast furnaces,鈥 he assured.

鈥淲e will return to the city, rebuild and resurrect the company,鈥 he added, without specifying the extent of the damage.

Mariupol鈥檚 Azovstal factory belongs to the Metinvest group, controlled by Ukraine鈥檚 richest man, Rinat Akhmetov.

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