People line up for pensions in Mariupol

STORY: The southern Ukrainian port, once a city of 400,000 people, has been the scene of fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces. Large swathes of the city have been heavily damaged during the conflict.

The pensions are said to be distributed by the Donetsk People’s Republic’s administration.

On April 21, Russia declared victory in Mariupol, although some remaining Ukrainian forces held out in a vast underground complex below Azovstal.

Capturing Mariupol, the main port in the Donbas region, would be a strategic prize for Russia, connecting territory held by pro-Russian separatists in the east with the Crimea region that Moscow annexed in 2014.

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