Photos Chronicle the Devastation of Mariupol
The battle for the port city of Mariupol has waged for weeks, with much of it being destroyed. Mariupol is strategically important, linking Russian-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine with a swath of territory Moscow has captured in the south.
Russian forces continue to encircle the city, fighting block-by-block in an effort to gain control, according to the Institute for the Study of War. A United Nations case study of the Livoberezhnyi District on Mariupol’s eastern edge illustrates how devastating the assault has been to the residential area, also seen in the drone footage above. The analysis compares a satellite image of the city taken on June 21, 2021 to March 14. At least 433 buildings in the study area were damaged or destroyed.