In the document, which «Vchasno» journalists received from their own sources, it is clearly stated that during the occupation, Mariupol had already gone through several epidemics. However, the Russian occupiers took no measures to fight epidemics in the city.
«Malaria Сases Are Constantly Recorded in the City»: the Russians Hid Information about the Epidemics in Occupied Mariupol
The Russian occupiers destroyed absolutely the entire infrastructure in captured Mariupol at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Lack of electricity, gas supply, heating, and especially water supply became the norm. Residents of Mariupol had no water for several months. Often the only source of water was rain — people collected drops in different containers. Water was also collected from lakes and the sea, even from swampy bodies of water, and in some cases, Mariupol residents even drank from puddles. At the same time, in the spring and summer of 2022, it became known that Mariupol was vulnerable to a cholera epidemic. Not only due to the lack of clean drinking water, but also due to the inaction of the occupiers — they did not repair the sewage system, which did not work due to the bombing, and hundreds of dead bodies — Mariupol residents who died during the shelling — were lying in the houses and on the streets.
At the same time, the occupying pseudo-authorities sounded the alarm: when the occupiers realized that they failed, the Russian Federation began to spread a new fake — an attempt to «surpass» information about cholera and people’s indignation and accusations. That is why they began to blame… Ukraine.
«Today, the head doctor announced a warning that biological sabotage is possible on the part of Ukraine. They expect the cholera bacillus to appear in the water, there will be more deaths than from COVID-19. Colleagues, an outbreak of cholera is approaching!» Warning documents have already arrived at the hospital. Water is being contaminated with cholera in Russia,' one of the propaganda statements of the occupiers was published by Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Petro Andryushchenko.
In just a few months, after barely surviving cholera, the people of Mariupol met with a new epidemic — the flu. There were so many patients that the hospitals inaccessible to «ordinary mortals» were filled with people, although before that they treated mostly the military personnel of the Russian Federation. However, this did not help — the epidemic was at its height.
In the appeal received by the «Vchasno» editorial office, the so-called «mayor» of Mariupol Oleh Morgun was informed by the Ministry of Health of the «DPR» (unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic — ed.) that the cases of malaria and other viral diseases are constantly recorded in the city. The document is dated March 6, 2023 — more than a year after the occupiers began destroying Mariupol.
Doctors of civilized countries emphasize that in order to avoid these diseases, it is necessary to fight and prevent them. However, the occupation authorities refused to do this. In the appeal to Morgun, the Ministry indicated that no complex of sanitary and hydro-technical measures was provided:
Despite the fact that the Ministry asked to allocate funds for the fight against diseases, it was ignored in Mariupol. Moreover, as the chief sanitary doctor of Mariupol notes above his own signature, this is not the first appeal to the authorities. In response to the previous one, the officials noted that… there are no water bodies in Mariupol on the territory of the city.
Today, spontaneous garbage dumps remain on the streets of the city, mice and rats infestation, and as a result — unsanitary conditions. In addition, people even break their arms trying to climb over the mountains of garbage and «repair works».
The people of Mariupol are indignant: instead of the promised prosperity, they have been living in the mud for almost two years, besides, without regular water supply and electricity. Improvements are not visible, because the Russians, as expected, decided to simply pamper themselves, ignoring the «ordinary mortals» of Mariupol, including pensioners, young people, and children. The only thing they are actively engaged in is the propaganda of the «Russian world», showing beautiful pictures on TV to the zombified population.