Escape From Mariupol
Escape From Mariupol
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In early 2022, life in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine was safe and predictable for Adoriana Marik. The 31-year-old tattoo artist loved walking her dog by the seaside and meeting friends at cafes and public gardens. But all that changed on February 24, 2022, when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his “special military operation.”

Adoriana was forced to hide in a filthy network of basements and underground tunnels. For more than a month, under deafening round-the-clock bombardment, she huddled with little food or water, and no heat, surrounded by groans from the sick and the smell of death. She decided to escape.

ESCAPE FROM MARIUPOL: A Survivor’s True Story is the tale of her perilous journey to freedom, an incredible tale of a brave young woman’s indomitable will to survive. As told to award-winning author Anne K. Howard, the book is a must-read for those who appreciate tales of extraordinary courage.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Inspirational

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Adoriana Marik has grown up her whole life in Mariupol, Ukraine. Though she had a somewhat lonely childhood, she grew up happy, and her love for art grew as she got older. Her parents ended up moving into her mother's childhood village, but Adoriana stayed behind in Mariupol with her now-adult siblings. As Adoriana got older, she was introduced to the art of tattoos and soon took up the career of a tattoo artist. She hoped to save up her money and be able to move abroad to a country where she didn't constantly feel threatened by the idea of war.
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Adoriana Marik is a tattoo artist and merchandiser who lived in Mariupol during the Russian-Ukrainian War. She described her background and some history about Ukraine’s relationship with Russia before the current war seen through her perspective. Before the war began, there was tension in the air because of Putin’s threats of Ukraine. Marik put her documents in order and prepared for a hasty escape from Ukraine for herself and her dog, Yola. On February 23, 2022, Marik woke up to the sounds of explosions and the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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