Life in Mariupol is returning to normal, the Russians have demined the coastal city

Russian soldiers Mariupol. EPA-EFE / SERGEI ILNITSKY

Russia's Defense Ministry announced today that the demining of the port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine has been completed.

The statement said that 134 items were examined, and more than 12.000 explosive items and weapons "left by Ukrainian militants" were found and neutralized, RIA Novosti reported.

The agency states that peaceful life is being established in the city, public transport and gas stations have started operating, and four of the five hospitals have been opened.

On May 20, the Ministry of Defense announced that "the Azovstal steel plant, which was the last line of defense of the Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, has been completely liberated."

According to the ministry, more than 16 members of the Ukrainian army and Azov regiment surrendered on May 2.400 and were blocked at the Azovstal plant for about a month.

On the other hand Ukrainian authorities claim that workers digging in the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies. The decomposed bodies were found in the basement of a dilapidated apartment building in Mariupol, a ruined port city that has become a symbol of suffering and resistance, city officials said.

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