“Russia is planning to establish bases to support its fleet in two port cities in southern Ukraine that Moscow seized during its offensive, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

‘The ports in Berdyansk and Mariupol are fully functioning. We plan to deploy there bases for support vessels, emergency rescue services and ship repair units of the navy,’ Shoigu said in a report during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country‚Äôs top military officials.”