: DW: The scars of Ukraine's war in Mariupol

10:17 Jul. 28, 2016

DW: The scars of Ukraine's war in Mariupol

A pro-Russian seperatist stands guard at a check point on the road heading to Mariupol on March 4, 2015 in Novoazovsk, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates the number of inland refugees to be around one million  

The war in eastern Ukraine has arrived at the Sea of Azov port town. The city center is deserted, the situation uncertain. One in five people here is an inland refugee. Christian F. Trippe reports from Mariupol.

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The war has moved into the suburbs of Mariupol: It sleeps during the day, and rages at night. The demarcation line dividing the separatists from areas more or less controlled by the Ukrainian government is about six kilometers (3.7 miles) outside the city limits.

The war in Donbass has left its mark on the port city. The former police headquarters is covered by a tarp. It hides the fact that the building can no longer be used because so many of its offices have been burnt out.

"Mariupol is Ukraine," is written across the tarp in four languages - Ukrainian, Russian, English and Greek. Mariupol is an ancient Greek commercial settlement, a polis, in which some 20,000 Greeks still live today. The police headquarters was occupied by separatists in the spring of 2014; then fighters from the Ukrainian "Azov" volunteer battalion drove them out.

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