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DPR: Three Mariupols' schools are being prepared ahead of academic year start03:15

DPR: Three Mariupols' schools are being prepared ahead of academic year start

Donetsk People's Republic, Mariupol
August 27, 2022 at 15:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Workers' crews continued cleaning up one of Mariupol's schools on Friday, ahead of the beginning of the academic year in September.

Footage shows the crews working at School № 5 as special equipment clearing away construction debris.

Acting school director Irina Fomicheva spoke about the school's preparations.

"The crews are hired locally and are working. And they are working really fast and hard. The repair work started only a fortnight ago, maybe even less. At least the school rooms have already been completely dismantled and cleaned," Fomicheva said.

The acting director also said that the school was receiving about 100-150 applications per week.

"Before the war 1200 [children] were studying here. There were three educational institutions here in the Vostochny Microdistrict, and two of them were full. Now we are reaching the pre-war level - 1100 people have already been accepted. In fact, every day children are coming and going. We are accepting 100-150 children a week," Fomicheva added.

As part of the Russian mayors' steps to reconstruct damaged buildings in Mariupol, St Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov announced on Thursday that three kindergartens and three schools are to be prepared by September 1 this year.

Earlier, a delegation from Saint Petersburg, led by deputy governor Valeriy Pikalev, arrived in Mariupol to help rebuild the war-affected city.

According to Russian officials, the Mariupol reconstruction programme also plans to reconstruct dormitory houses, children's and adult clinics, a hospital with an oncology department and other medical facilities.

On April 21, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the Russian Armed Forces and the DPR People's Militia had taken full control of Mariupol.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky admitted on May 8 that "Ukraine does not have such heavy weapons to unblock Mariupol through military means."

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev has denounced the Russian offensive into its territory, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During recent peace talks, Russia has required that Ukraine declares itself officially a neutral country, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.

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Workers' crews continued cleaning up one of Mariupol's schools on Friday, ahead of the beginning of the academic year in September.

Footage shows the crews working at School № 5 as special equipment clearing away construction debris.

Acting school director Irina Fomicheva spoke about the school's preparations.

"The crews are hired locally and are working. And they are working really fast and hard. The repair work started only a fortnight ago, maybe even less. At least the school rooms have already been completely dismantled and cleaned," Fomicheva said.

The acting director also said that the school was receiving about 100-150 applications per week.

"Before the war 1200 [children] were studying here. There were three educational institutions here in the Vostochny Microdistrict, and two of them were full. Now we are reaching the pre-war level - 1100 people have already been accepted. In fact, every day children are coming and going. We are accepting 100-150 children a week," Fomicheva added.

As part of the Russian mayors' steps to reconstruct damaged buildings in Mariupol, St Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov announced on Thursday that three kindergartens and three schools are to be prepared by September 1 this year.

Earlier, a delegation from Saint Petersburg, led by deputy governor Valeriy Pikalev, arrived in Mariupol to help rebuild the war-affected city.

According to Russian officials, the Mariupol reconstruction programme also plans to reconstruct dormitory houses, children's and adult clinics, a hospital with an oncology department and other medical facilities.

On April 21, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the Russian Armed Forces and the DPR People's Militia had taken full control of Mariupol.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky admitted on May 8 that "Ukraine does not have such heavy weapons to unblock Mariupol through military means."

Moscow launched a military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev has denounced the Russian offensive into its territory, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During recent peace talks, Russia has required that Ukraine declares itself officially a neutral country, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.