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Mariupol: A Homecoming

Looking back at the origins of the battle

'Some are miners, some – guards. Here is a journalist. Press. Drivers, electricians. I worked in Moscow for 11 years. Came home on the 24th [February 2022]. And then straight down here. I was supposed to work at DonTech,' recalls a Donbass militiaman sitting in the Mariupol suburbs. He and his comrades in arms are getting ready to enter the city. Most of the Donbass militiamen are ordinary people. They never had combat training or military experience. However, they are prepared to risk their lives to stop Ukrainian nationalists from taking their land. During the Battle for Mariupol, the Donbass militia fought with the Russian army, liberating the city. These people had to go through fierce city combats to save civilians locked in the houses by Ukrainian nationalists. See the Mariupol battlefield from their perspective in our new film.