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A city of southeast Ukraine on the Sea of Azov. Founded in 1779, it is a port with extensive iron and steel works. From 1948 to 1989 the city was called Zhdanov.
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Mariupol's vulnerability was exposed last month when 30 civilians were killed there in intense rocket attacks.
Rebel forces have positions six miles from Mariupol's eastern outskirts.
Ilyich Iron & Steel Works of Mariupol's cold rolling shop manufactured a trial lot of 1.
German Mandrakov, who was once the commander of Mariupol's occupied government building, said that his associates fled, while he was "forced" to leave the building they had controlled for weeks.