The latest satellite images show the magnitude of the destruction of Ukrainian cities facing Russian airstrikes and artillery as the conflict in the pro-western country enters its fourth week.
Images released by Maxar Technologies, a US private company, revealed significant damage to residential houses, apartment buildings, shops in the port city of Mariupol, a city on the front lines of the Ukrainian war.
New examples of airstrikes and artillery effects were also seen in and around Kyiv. Damage to grocery stores, houses, residential buildings and other infrastructure can be seen in Hostomel, Moschun, Irpin and other towns northwest of the city. A suburb of Kyiv’s front line, Irpin has witnessed some of the fiercest fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine.
The Russian offensive is largely still stalled, with troops about 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of the capital and facing fierce resistance.
The Russian army is increasingly using ground poles to protect/hide the placement of their armored equipment near Antonov Airport in Hostomel as well as other locations in and near Zdvyzhivka and Berestyanka, photos show.
Kyiv has accused Moscow of committing war crimes by deliberately shelling residential areas. Officials say 2,500 people have been killed since Russian troops crossed the Ukrainian border on February 24.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday called for meaningful talks with Russia to stop its aggression on Ukraine, warning that it would take “several generations” for Moscow to recover from defeat on the battlefield if it did not reverse direction.
“I want everyone to hear me now, especially in Moscow. The time has come for a meeting, it is time to talk,” he said early on Saturday. “The time has come to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover.”
Since launching the offensive on February 24, Russian troops facing stiff resistance have largely halted in their advance, even as they invaded the capital Kyiv. To regain momentum, they have besieged the city and blasted urban areas into ruins.
The unprecedented Western sanctions aimed at isolating the Russian economy did little to help stop what President Vladimir Putin called a “special operation” to reduce his neighbor’s military capabilities and “deny” his government.