Azovstal was damaged by Russians in Ukraine’s Mariupol and shut down for the first time since 1941
The Azovstal iron and steelworks, one of the biggest in Europe, have been badly damaged as Mariupol, where it is based, faced a siege from Russian forces. When the invasion began on February 24, the plant took measures to reduce the environmental damage in the event of being hit. “Coke oven batteries no longer pose a danger to the lives of residents,” Azovstal’s Director-General Enver Tskitishvili said. “We have also stopped the blast furnaces correctly.” But now, being seriously damaged by Russians, the metallurgical giant had to shut down its operations completely. Tskitishvili recalled that Azovstal had stopped operating only once — in 1941, and in September 1943, when Mariupol was liberated from Nazi Germany troops, the reconstruction of the plant began. “We will return to the city, rebuild the enterprise and revive it,” Azovstal’s Director-General stated, without specifying the extent of the damage.