There is a risk of a large cholera outbreak in Mariupol. The lack of medicine in the city complicates the situation

Sofiia Telishevska

This morning UK Defence intelligence report said there was a risk of a major cholera outbreak in Russian-occupied Mariupol. Isolated cases have been registered since May. The intelligence notes that in 1995 Ukraine also suffered from small outbreaks of cholera on the coast of the Sea of Azov.

As medical services in Mariupol are likely to collapse, a large outbreak of cholera in Mariupol will significantly worsen the situation.

British intelligence also notes that Russia is regaining control of much of Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk oblast, but its troops have made little progress in trying to encircle a large area from the north and south.

There is a shortage of drinking water in the occupied territories of southern Ukraine, and there are no medicines in Kherson. There are also serious disruptions in telephone and internet services.

  • Mariupol was defended for 82 days, the defenders of the city concentrated their forces on the Azovstal plant until the last minute to gain time for the Armed Forces in other areas and positions. On May 16, the evacuation of fighters from the plant began. They were transported to occupied Olenivka. Then, with the assistance of Ukrainian intelligence and international organizations, they should be exchanged. Currently, the occupiers are transporting surviving vehicles from Mariupol to Donetsk, as well as steel and various equipment. Meanwhile, no one takes care of the improvement of the city itself.