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Ukraine war

Ukrainian frontier city weighs threat of renewed Russian aggression

Port of Mariupol is target should Vladimir Putin choose to again attack Ukraine

Mariupol was briefly captured by the separatists in 2014 before Ukrainian forces retook control. Home to a naval port and two of Europe's biggest steelworks, it is a target for Russian forces should President Vladimir Putin choose to attack Ukraine again.   © Christopher Occhicone/FT

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Financial Times) -- Seven years on from a devastating artillery strike on his home town of Mariupol, on Ukraine's eastern flank, Vitaly Dragniev said he felt a deep sense of unease at the renewed threat of bloodshed.

"Of course I feel more vulnerable here. It's just 30km from Russia and 10km from the front line," he said, referring to the contact line with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donbas region.

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