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Reconstruction of Mariupol airport should be completed in 2025

MARIUPOL (Sputnik) – The reconstruction of the airport in the city of Mariupol is expected to be completed in 2025, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin told President Vladimir Putin, adding that the renovated airport will be international.

Putin paid a surprise visit to Mariupol on Saturday evening, inspecting the city’s infrastructure and speaking with residents, the Kremlin said. Khusnullin accompanied the President on the visit and reported on the progress of construction and restoration works in the city and its surroundings, discussing the new residential microdistricts, social, educational and health facilities.

As part of the visit, Putin and Khusnullin inspected the territory of Mariupol airport. Khusnullin said the airport building was badly damaged as there had been active fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the area, although the runway remained more or less intact.

“We put it in the plan, we’re going [start] rebuild it at the end of 2023. We plan to make it a full-fledged airport, providing flights to all Russian cities and abroad,” Khusnullin said, noting that the airport is expected to reopen in 2025.

The facility is currently being used for military purposes, the senior official said, adding that the nearest civilian airports are located in the Russian cities of Taganrog and Rostov-on-Don, more than 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) away. ).

Meanwhile, the road connecting Mariupol and the city of Donetsk was repaired in 2022 and widened to four lanes, Khusnullin said.

Mariupol, a city on the northern coast of the Sea of ​​Azov, was a hotbed of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine until it came under Russian control on April 21. Since then, Russia has actively demined the city’s port and restored civilian Infrastructure.

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