: Mariupol marks second anniversary of liberation (photos)

18:03 Jun. 12, 2016

Mariupol marks second anniversary of liberation (photos)

Photo source: UNIAN

Major assault by Ukrainian troops forced militants out of strategic city

Ukrainian port city of Mariupol marks two-year anniversary since it was liberated from the Russian-backed separatist forces.

On July 13, 2014, Mariupol police, local residents and volunteer fighters from all over Ukraine managed to oust the militants who had barricaded themselves into the local administration building.

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The separatist forces had been there for a month – desperate to hold onto an area, strategically and economically vital for them as they tried to expand their breakaway republics.

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Two years later, residents, soldiers and officials gather in Mariupol to commemorate those who fell in the line of duty fighting for Ukraine and to acknowledge the defenders for their service.

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