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In Photos: In Russian-Occupied Mariupol, Locals Try to Return to Everyday Life Amid the Ruins

Once a vibrant port on the Sea of Azov in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the city of Mariupol was razed to the ground during a siege by Russian forces that lasted from February to May last year.

Russian authorities launched reconstruction efforts shortly after gaining full control of the port city, rushing to erect new apartment buildings and pave fresh roads.

But more than a year into the Russian occupation, the city’s landscape is still full of the scars left by the relentless Russian offensive: