Mariupol is a city in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. It is situated on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov, at the mouth of the Kalmius River. Prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was the tenth-largest city in the country and the second-largest city in Donetsk Oblast, with an estimated population of 425,681 people in January 2022. However, Mariupol has been militarily controlled by Russia since May 2022, and the city’s residents are now estimated to number around 100,000, according to Ukrainian authorities.Historically, the city of Mariupol was a centre for trade and manufacturing, and played a key role in the development of higher education and many businesses while also serving as a coastal resort on the Black Sea. From 1948 to 1989, the city was known as Zhdanov, named after Andrei Zhdanov, a high-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; the name was part of a larger effort to rename cities after high-ranking political figures in the Soviet Union.

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