Russian troops in occupied Mariupol, a city in Ukraine's southeast, are receiving “backup” to strengthen their defense and help relocate military equipment after explosions at a Russian base on Friday, according to an adviser to the elected mayor of Mariupol.
“Starting 8am there’s active relocation of helicopters from Berdiansk direction towards Mariupol along the coastline,” Petro Andriushchenko said Saturday.
According to footage posted on social media and residents' accounts, there had been at least two explosions in the Russian-occupied city Friday evening. On the day, Andriushchenko said on Telegram that the base attacked housed around 150 troops and was primarily used for air defense support.
According to Andriushchenko, Russia activated their air defense system on Saturday morning and launched multiple rockets and the Shaheds (Iranian-made attack drones] from Yeisk and Primorsko-Akhtarsk over the coastline villages towards Zaporizhzhia.
This week marks one year since the strategic port city of Mariupol fell to Russian control.