In pictures: Ukraine’s coastal city of Mariupol under Russian fire
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The Russian army has advanced quickly through the south of Ukraine, surrounding the coastal city of Mariupol. Amateur images, as well as satellite photos, show the destruction caused by Russian bombs.
When images emerged online of a maternity ward destroyed by Russian bombing in the city of Mariupol on March 9, people reacted in shock, horror and outrage. The European Union called for an investigation. Our team has verified a number of videos documenting the aftermath of the attack.
Geolocation of bombed childeren policlinic 'Dytyacha Konsulʹtatyvno-Diahnostychna Poliklinika' in Mariupol: 47.096781, 37.533440 - https://t.co/dJGGI9RC4a https://t.co/F5uPS2y326 pic.twitter.com/BEXfxjwox9— ваят (@bibken) March 9, 2022
Our team verified a video shared by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which was filmed in the destroyed ward.
Images, mainly posted on Twitter, show pregnant women leaving the building, wounded. At least three people died and 17 others were injured, according to Mariupol’s city hall. Russian authorities, however, have claimed that the hospital was no longer operational and that, instead, it had become a sort of barracks for Ukrainian fighters with the neo-Nazi Azov regiment. However, there has been no evidence of this.
Shelling on the town centre
This maternity ward is not the only building that was hit by Russian bombs. On March 10, a video posted on Twitter showed a large crater, similar in size to the one in front of the maternity ward. We found the exact location of the crater in the centre of Mariupol.
Mariupol,— Aleph א #IStandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 (@no_itsmyturn) March 10, 2022
Donetsk oblast#Ukraine🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/gQABVm3yWR
Damage visible from space
In the north of the country, Russian forces are struggling to advance. However, in the south, in annexed Crimea and the Donbas, they are advancing rapidly. Mariupol, which lies between these two southern territories, is now surrounded and under siege. In the north, east and west of the city, the Russian army is relentlessly shelling the coastal city.
A video published by the pro-Russian media WarGonzo on March 9 shows a multiple rocket launcher firing towards the city. The Russian vehicle was located about 13 km from the city centre.
47.095212, 37.714268 https://t.co/7Y6E8IU2DC pic.twitter.com/rkc1JsiKt8— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) March 9, 2022
More and more residents are struggling to find water and food. A satellite photo taken by Maxar shows a supermarket destroyed in Mariupol on March 9.
With some of the clouds parting over #Ukraine, satellite images from today reveal some of the damage in #Mariupol. This image shows a destroyed supermarket and shopping mall on the western side of the city. Read/See more on our live blog. 🛰️📷@maxar https://t.co/YEYL09LOmR pic.twitter.com/hJWObgd4jG— Christoph Koettl (@ckoettl) March 9, 2022
On March 7, Russia said that they would set up a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to evacuate Mariupol. However, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence accused Russian soldiers of failing to respect evacuation conditions.