On 4 July, I met with labour veterans of Mariupol Illich Iron and Steel Works. I thanked the foremost workers for their many years of work, for their invaluable contribution and for their passion to their job.

Today Illich Iron and Steel Works has a continuous casting machine that meets new international standards. The works continues to follow this path, so that in 5 years it could have the best equipment that corresponds to the spirit of the times. The steel works’ sinter plant will be completely redesigned, and its emissions will comply with European environmental regulations. In addition, the makeover of the blast furnace shop will be completed by the end of 2021. Some special equipment is planned to be installed there so that the shop stops polluting the environment. This means that in a few years there will be clean air in Mariupol.

Similar plans are being put into life by Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. We do everything to ensure that our employees live and work in comfortable conditions.