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Due to the information blockade Mariupol residents believe that the occupiers control Kyiv – mayor's adviser

02.05.2022, 17:24
Photo credit: Pavlo Klimov, Reuters
Photo credit: Pavlo Klimov, Reuters

Due to the information blockade organized by the occupiers, Mariupol residents believe that the russian army has gained control over Kyiv and Kharkiv.

The adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petro Andryushchenko reported this on Telegram.

"The occupiers tightly shut down all information flows to and out the city. One may be surprised, but Mariupol residents are now convinced that russian soldiers are marching along Khreshchatyk, Kharkiv is under russian control, and all men from Mariupol are being sent to the frontline as soon as they leave the city.

Moreover, in order to maintain this blockade, the occupiers strictly control the photos and videos. You can't even start taking selfies without a specific permission from the soldiers, and even when you receive something – a russian soldier is always there, controlling what you recorded," he wrote.

According to Andryushchenko, only propagandists and "volunteers" from the FSB can film in the city.

That's why you can see either perfectly staged footage of 'grateful Mariupol residents' or something filmed hastily from a car. On the way out, during the filtration, all content that can show the truth of life in the city is also deleted. That is why we are amazed by the 'pictures of peaceful life,' and Mariupol residents are horrified that 'Zelensky called all Mariupol residents traitors and promised to imprison every one of them,'" Petro Andryushchenko said.

As IMI reported earlier, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to hold a so-called "press tour" in Mariupol on April 28, with the participation of foreign journalists loyal to russia.

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