Ukraine war: Before and after satellite images show rubble in city of Mariupol after Russian attacks

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Stark before and after satellite images show the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Mariupol reduced to rubble after being shelled by Russian shelling

  • Stark satellite images show before and after the Ukrainian city of Mariupol was shelled by Russian shelling
  • Photos show residential areas, including condominiums, houses have been reduced to rubble
  • Russian troops destroyed Mariupol maternity hospital in ‘direct hit’ yesterday, leaving children under rubble
  • At least three were killed, including a six-year-old girl, and 17 others were injured, officials confirmed on Thursday

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Grim before and after satellite images show the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Mariupol reduced to rubble after being shelled by Russian shelling.

Photos show a residential area hit by Russian strikes overnight on March 9 and reduced to a fiery wreck with destroyed apartment buildings and houses.

Other images show a shopping center that lost its roof after it was destroyed during Russian shelling – two weeks after Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine.

The photos emerged after Russian missiles hit a maternity hospital in Mariupol on Wednesday, killing three, including a six-year-old girl and injuring at least 17 others. The West has accused Moscow of war crimes over the attack.

Mariupol is still surrounded by Russian troops but was still in Ukrainian hands on Thursday afternoon, officials said. They said Ukrainian fighter jets and anti-aircraft missile units have destroyed four Russian Su-25 attack planes and two Russian helicopters in the past 48 hours.

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Satellite images before and after Russian shelling on March 9 show the destruction of a residential area in Mariupol, with apartment buildings and houses decimated by rocket attacks

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Satellite images show a shopping center that lost its roof after it was destroyed in Russian shelling – two weeks after Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine

Footage from the aftermath of Wednesday’s hospital attack in Mariupol shows severely injured patients and nurses being evacuated from decimated buildings, while pregnant women were carried on stretchers to a courtyard covered with rubble and dotted with massive craters.

Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky himself posted a video showing the badly damaged hospital buildings, filmed in a destroyed ward room with blown windows and partially collapsed ceiling.

More footage showed a parking lot covered in rubble and the smoldering wreckage of vehicles as injured families stumbled into the frigid air as snow fell.

Speaking about the Russian attack on the hospital, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied on Wednesday that patients had been inside at the time – despite photos showing pregnant women being taken away with injuries – and accused Ukrainian ‘extremists’ to occupy the hospital.

In a stunning act of hypocrisy, he flatly denied that Russia had attacked Ukraine and added that the Kremlin “has no intention of attacking anyone else,” raising fears that Putin does indeed want to cross the borders of his ex-Soviet neighbor. .

Battle plans broadcast on TV by Belarusian ally Alexander Lukashenko in the early days of the war seemed to suggest Moldova could be the target.

He also vowed that Russia will “survive” Western sanctions against Putin’s regime and “do everything it can to never rely on the West in any area of ​​our lives.” He added: “We have no illusions that the West can be a reliable partner, [it will] betray anyone, and will betray his own values.”

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Mariupol is still surrounded by Russian forces but was still in Ukrainian hands on Thursday afternoon, officials said as satellite images emerged of the damage caused by the ongoing bombing campaign in Moscow.

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Stark before and after satellite images show the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Mariupol reduced to rubble after being shelled by Russian shelling

Meanwhile, shelling in Kharkiv at night killed four people, including two children. A five-year-old girl was injured and rushed to hospital.

Rescuers said they are still trying to get people out of the rubble of houses in Slobozhanske town. Three people were also killed in shelling on the town of Sumy – two women and a 13-year-old boy.

Bombs also fell on two hospitals in Zhytomyr west of the capital, the mayor said, as Russian forces stepped up their siege of Ukrainian cities.

Kiev estimates that Russia lost about 12,000 troops in the fighting, along with 335 tanks, 1,100 armored personnel carriers, 500 vehicles, 81 helicopters and 49 aircraft. Moscow has admitted losses, but has not given an accurate figure.

There is no report from Ukraine about the casualties suffered by its army. Russia says it has destroyed more than 2,900 Ukrainian military infrastructure facilities and has taken control of several neighborhoods in the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

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