Mariupol: Living with conflict and post-conflict prospects

Mariupol is a large industrial city in the south of the Donetsk region. The city is one of the most important industrial centres in Ukraine, since it is home to two major metallurgical companies. The Port of Mariupol is the largest and most well-equipped port on the Sea of Azov, one of Ukraine’s four biggest ports. After armed conflict broke out in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014, Mariupol became the most important strategic point in the country, a target of clashes between the two opposing sides.

This research looks at the views of the inhabitants of Mariupol and its environs on the local consequences of the conflict, to understand the expectations of citizens, businesses and government officials in terms of minimising the impact of the conflict, and to identify areas of dialogue and cooperation that may be possible among the community, businesses and local authorities in order to address the most pressing local issues.

The research was conducted by the Mariupol Youth Union and commissioned by International Alert with the financial support of the European Union.