The Russian occupiers have announced their intention to increase the capacity of the occupied port of Mariupol to 1 million tons of cargo per year by restoring the railway connection with the port.

This was stated by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, the CFTS portal reports.

"The task is for Mariupol to turn over more than a million tons of cargo this year. But we need the railroad to start working because the primary mode of transportation to the port was the railway. So, if the railway starts working, we will restore the port of Mariupol, which is in good condition," he said.

In 2021, before Russia invaded and occupied Mariupol in 2022, the port of Mariupol handled almost 7 million tons of cargo. The figures for 2020 were 2.7% higher.