Ireland to support Mariupol residents in evacuation and post-war reconstruction
Ireland has agreed to support the residents of the port city of Mariupol in the Donetsk region in the evacuation and future reconstruction.
All funds and project support will be directed to the Mariupol Reborn initiative, local authorities report.
Ireland is ready to support the people of Mariupol. Vadym Boychenko agreed to do this at a meeting with Irish Ambassador to Ukraine, Teresa Healy. The parties discussed cooperation aimed at supporting Mariupol families in the evacuation and the future reconstruction of the city, the statement said.
The mayor discussed with the ambassador ways to support Mariupol refugees and the possibility of Ireland joining programs to support Mariupol schoolchildren.
Also, Ireland is ready to share its experience and expertise to help develop a new economic model for Mariupol, which the city will use after de-occupation.
Mariupol under Russian occupation
Russia's aggression has caused one of the largest humanitarian disasters in Mariupol. The enemy shelling almost completely destroyed the city, as there was still no normal supply of electricity, water, or gas. The invaders are demolishing the houses they have damaged to hide the traces of their crimes.
Fearing partisan movement, the Russian invaders began checking Ukrainian children in the temporarily occupied Mariupol for "loyalty to Kyiv-controlled territories."
After being checked for involvement in the movement, children are subjected to "preventive conversations" where they are required to report "unreliable comrades."
Ukraine's First Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Pavliuk said that the heroic defense of Mariupol saved the entire south from being completely captured by Russia's dynamic offensive.