Donetsk, Jan 6 — DAN. Donetsk People’s Republic Acting Head Denis Pushilin and Russian Deputy Prime Minister — Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov visited Mariupol on Friday, Pushilin wrote on Telegram.

The officials visited the Azov Shipyard, the Port of Mariupol, the Ilyich Metallurgical Works, the Azovmash plant, the neon-producing Ingaz company to inspect production facilities and talk with employees.

Manturov said that the operation of the Azov Shipyard and the Port of Mariupol required comprehensive consideration. The city’s industrial companies will be rebuilt jointly with enterprises from other Russian regions, he said.

“Indeed, it is very important to restore the industrial potential which Donbass used to have, which remains in Donbass, ” Pushilin said. “With the approaches and programs used by Russia, we have all opportunities to accomplish it.”

Mariupol is the largest city on the Sea of Azov coast, a key Donbass metallurgy center and seaport. Its rebuilding began immediately after it was liberated from Ukrainian troops in April 2022.  Dozens of thousands of workers are involved in the effort. They build new housing, hospitals and education institutions. The crumbling war-torn buildings are pulled down.*jk