A Mariupol survivor’s story from the ‘darkest of hells’

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Andrei Marusov, a 50-year-old resident of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, has nearly been killed twice since Russia invaded Ukraine.

In the early hours of March 12, a missile from a Russian jet reduced the two upper stories of Marusov’s nine-floor residential building to rubble. “Ten meters lower, and I wouldn’t be speaking to you now,” he said by telephone from Kyiv.

The city with a pre-war population of more than 400,000 has been completely encircled by Russian troops since early March. By mid-March, Mariupol was without electricity, running water, heating and gas. Mobile networks were disrupted and battles

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