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Polish city honors resistance of Ukraine’s Mariupol

July 1, 2022 GMT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s northern city of Gdansk on Friday honored the resistance put up by the Ukrainian city of Mariupol against Russian forces by naming a city square after it.

The ceremony also included an open-air exhibition of photographs from inside Mariupol showing its residents’ and defenders’ suffering during the protracted Russian siege.

Gdansk officials said that naming a city square “Heroic Mariupol” was a call for more help and support for Ukraine in its struggle to protect its sovereignty.

The Russian siege saw the port city shelled for weeks, resulting in many civilian deaths. Poland — including Gdansk — has provided shelter to millions of refugees from Ukraine.

Gdansk also has a square named “Free Ukraine.”