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The lost beauty of Mariupol

Mariupol’s residents were in high spirits, commemorating the arrival of the Russians. It was September 2017 and children wearing 1940s fancy dress gathered by classic cars to mark the 74th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the city from the Nazis in 1943. Around them, plumes of water shot from a fountain as proud parents took photos and elderly couples strolled through the central, tree-lined plaza in the sun.

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Russia is on the verge of launching an attack on Ukraine – raising fears World War 3 could be closer to reality than ever before.The threat of large scale invasion ramped up in the final months of 2021 and the start of this year.The Donbas region of Ukraine has been at war since 2014 with Russian-backed separatists fighting to break away from the rest of Ukraine.Russia continues to deny any aggressive intentions with Ukraine, but Vladimir Putin has amassed an army of over 100,000 troops, along with vehicles, weapons and supplies along the border.Moscow has grown more aggressive in its actions as Ukraine tried to grow closer to the West.And now, new images show that Russian troops are making camp right in amongst armoured vehicles just a few dozen kilometres from the border with Ukraine.This is normally done to create a speedy entry into the tanks if war is imminent.But Russian deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy rejected the idea of an invasion, tweeting: “What if we would say that US could seize London in a week and cause 300,000 civilian deaths?“All this based on our intelligence sources that we won’t disclose.“Would it feel right for Americans and Britts [sic]? It’s as wrong for Russians and Ukrainians.”It has been rumoured that Russian now has around 130,000 troops ready to enter Ukraine at a moment's notice.That will be backed up by artillery, the ability to pursue electronic warfare and other logical units.For more of the latest news from Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.