Ukrainian officials have commented on the apparently muted commemoration of Victory Day in occupied Mariupol.
An adviser to the Mariupol mayor, Petro Andriushchenko, said there had been no parade but that flowers were laid at a memorial recently refurbished by Russian-backed separatists.
To celebrate May 9, the occupiers lit an eternal fire on the Savur Mohyla [war memorial in Donetsk oblast] from a torch from the eternal fire in Moscow. The grotesque combination of the traditions of the Olympics and the Ascension of the Blessed Fire at Easter is the best demonstration of the essence of Victory Day for Russians," Andriushchenko said.
The leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, lit the eternal flame in Mariupol to mark Victory Day, according to video released by the DPR Telegram channel "PRO_Republic."
Separately, the Mariupol city council said: "The occupiers celebrate Victory Day on the bones of Mariupol residents. Hundreds of citizens killed by the Russian army continue to be taken to the mass grave near the village of Vynohradne."