Mariupol: beauty demolished by war

In these first weeks of 2022, in which so many news and images have arrived from Ukraine, we have often heard about the cities of this country that we knew something about.
Kiev, the capital has always been known to everyone, but Mariupol and other minor realities have been attacked by the war reports because they were targeted by the bombing of the Russian attacks during the military invasion.

But what was Mariupol like before tanks and bombs passed through here? Surely the position on the sea of Azov made and will make it (soon we all hope) a seaside and tourist city in all respects.
Not only.
Mariupol has a metallurgical factory founded in 1897 that produces hot rolled steel, which is ideal for the construction of ships, oil and gas pipelines.
Unsurprisingly, it was a Russian target for this reason as well.

Mariupol, Ukraine, aerial view

The city center of Mariupol, as it was before the bombing of these first months of 2022, deserves a visit and a few stops among the monuments of the city.

Russian Orthodox Church in Mariupol, Ukraine
Russian Orthodox Church in Mariupol, Ukraine

Passing from the Orthodox church (photo above), up to the Mosque, then to the Cathedral of Archangel Michael and the small monuments such as the Crocodile Goji in Primorsky boulevard.
The peace bell, as never before, should be one of the most representative monuments (if still present).

Ukraine.Mariupol. Mosque of Suleiman and Roksolana
Ukraine. Mariupol. Suleiman and Roksolana Mosque

War now

Vostochnyi district of Mariupol city (Ukraine) after missile attack of the pro-russian terrorists. January 24, 2015. - The cars which burned down on a parking.
Vostochnyi district of the city of Mariupol (Ukraine) – Shutterstock photo

Although Mariupol is not new to terrorist attacks or guerrillas (the photo above refers to a terrorist attack on January 24, 2015), the wound carved by Russian troops in this war is truly violent.
We have seen shocking images passing through TV, newspapers and the internet without the slightest pause giving a little respite.
Above all, the bombed children’s hospital and the transport of the wounded out of the destroyed building.
A situation that our society, defined as civil, should not even dare to imagine.
Let alone accept.

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - JULY 19, 2015: Mother with baby walking near of destroyed building of Mariupol Police City Department
Mariupol

In order not to fall into the error of spreading incorrect information, we will simply conclude by hoping to see these and all the other Ukrainian cities shine with their beauty, with all their tourists (including Russians of course), their traditions and local festivals soon.
So that hatred, war and injustice can be fought peacefully.






The absurd photographic journey through the ghost towns of Abkhazia


Overlooking the Black Sea, Abkhazia now has about 240,000 inhabitants distributed in semi-abandoned cities around the country. Here, between 1992 and 1993 a war for independence was fought which effectively destroyed a region rich in natural and mining beauties.

About 35,000 people lost their lives in the war and many more were forced to leave. Left the vacuum, Abkhazia only obtained the recognition of an independent state by Russia and some countries belonging to the United Nations in 2008.

Jantuha, Abkhazia, abandoned mining ghost town. Empty houses destroyed, the remains of cars, remnants of the Georgian-Abkhaz war

What in the past was a place inhabited by miners who, over time, had built a family and a house, has now become a ghostly landscape. Some families strongly attached to their cities and memories of yesteryear still reside in the semi-empty buildings.

Ruined school in the ghost mining town of Akarmara, aftermath of the war in Abkhazia, aerial view from the drone.


Passing through Polyana (cover photo), up to Jantuha and Akarmara (photo above), the landscape does not seem to change: huge buildings, abandoned cars and a few people around. The capital Sukhumi (photo below), which bears the marks of some battles, certainly has the appearance of a more lived-in and modern city than the rest of the country.

SUKHUM, ABKHAZIA – : – Council of Ministers building, Sukhum, Abkhazia. The palace was destroyed during the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of 1992-1993

Sometimes some tourists come here. For some inhabitants who, behind the wounds of the war, still see the beauties of nature and the territory, it could be a good point to start over.