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Politico.eu.com | A Mariupol survivor's story from the 'darkest of hells', 27 Mar
["former head of Ukrainian unit of global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International"] 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.
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The second time Marusov was nearly killed came two days after the airstrike that hit his apartment building.

"The first two entrances to my building were on fire, for some reason. I went to see if the fire would spread to my entrance," he said. "The Russian troops were already there. They detained me, searched me, found my smartphone with photos of the destruction in the city and a record of the entry of one of the first Russian columns into our district." [...] "I left at 8 a.m. promptly. And I decided to leave Mariupol, otherwise I would be killed there," he said.

The road to Zaporizhia, 230 kilometers from Mariupol, took Marusov three days of walking and hitchhiking. He was forced to stop at dozens of Russian check points, and he had to wait for curfews to end before he could travel.
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In the first town he came to outside the Russian encirclement of Mariupol, Nikolske, he saw buses waiting to evacuate people to the Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog. However, Marusov was determined to reach the territories under the control of the Ukrainian government.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said that Mariupol residents who survived Russian bombing and artillery shelling are now being "forcibly deported" to Russia.

Witness B
Mariupol City Center: Hell On Earth (Special Report), A/V (RU, EN subtitles), 00:10:52
[02:08] LANCASTER: Can you tell who shoots>
YASHA: I don't know who shoots. We wer in the basement. Who shoots> They don't report us.
LANCASTER: Russia, DPR, Ukraine?
YASHA: I say [to] you, I don't know!
LANCASTER: Okay
YASHA: Honestly!
LANCASTER: Okay, Okay.
[02:13]
YASHA: All the Americans are afraid and hide near the houses. You check the internet and see wherever they fought, they took positions near the houses! And they taught these as*holes to do the same! And all these fortified areas they occupied for 8 years, they have left. Just go to the field and shoot at each other.
[02:31]LANCASTER: Who shoots?
YASHA: Everybody shoots! I don't give a f*ck who shoots! It's just this American shit! You speak English. I don't know where you are from. Where are you from? They got involved in Uraine, and the war started here! Because of them! That's what I say to you!
ex REL: Yasha!
YASHA: What 'Yasha!'? My emotions just ran hot. My relatives also died! What do you think about this? Americans created this mess, and now they are trying to be engaged! What's the point to be engaged now?
ex REL: Yasha, calm down!
YASHA: Jerks! And Yanukovish is also an as*hole, wanted too much that sack with money.
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