Russian forces continue to demolish homes and other civilian infrastructure in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, new satellite images show.
the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, hit Mariupol particularly hard. Russia sees the capture of the southeastern port city as a top priority and hammered it hard with rockets and artillery, destroying houses, shopping malls and many other buildings.
Newly released satellite images provide a glimpse of some of the damage. For example, two photos taken by Maxar Technologies’ Worldview-3 satellite on Tuesday (March 22) show smoke billowing from bomb-damaged apartment blocks in Mariupol, with some of the surrounding homes also reduced to rubble.
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And a satellite operated by San Francisco-based company Planet captured a picture of fires raging in eastern Mariupol on Sunday (March 20).
A Planet spacecraft also took a picture of a on Monday (March 21). destroyed Mariupol Theater in which civilians had hidden to seek protection from the shelling. The Russian word for “children” can be seen in the photo, written in large white letters near the theater to indicate it was not a military target.
Ukrainian officials said about 1,300 people were huddled inside the theater when it was bombed on March 16. Maybe 200 survived the attack, according to CNNalthough it is difficult to get an accurate count as Mariupol remains a war zone.
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