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Entire city blocks pulverized. Freckled fields with too many artillery craters to count. A 130 foot bomb scar next to rows of flattened buildings.
These scenes from eastern Ukraine, visible from the air and captured by a US-based satellite company, illustrate the destructive path the Russian invasion has carved out in this part of the country, where fighting is concentrated for several weeks and where the bombardments seem relentless.
Maxar Technologies collected the images on June 6 in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, which together form the Donbass region, as well as the neighboring oblast of Kharkiv. Like the company’s previous batches of photographs, the latest show widespread devastation.
In a series of before and after images, the town of Rubizhne appears in relative peace in March. In Monday’s photo, it’s a vacant lot. Where there was once a cluster of intact buildings, there is now a pile of rubble. The roofs are torn from the structures and the city is barely recognizable.
Rubizhne is just up the road from Severodonetsk, where Russian and Ukrainian forces are engaged in intense street fighting.
Near the small village of Dovhenke, in the far south-east of Kharkiv Oblast, just across the border from Donetsk, a pair of images show the scale of the Russian attacks. In one, a field is covered with hundreds of artillery craters. In another, a group of buildings have been leveled and a massive cavity measuring 40 meters in diameter, or about 130 feet, can be seen nearby.