Satellite images show fires and rubble in Mariupol after devastating Russian attack

New satellite images of Ukraine have revealed shocking scenes of death and destruction in the southern port city of Mariupol.

The images, taken by the U.S. private satellite company Maxar on Saturday (March 12) morning, reveal a hellish landscape of smoldering apartment blocks; parks pockmarked by shell fire; and grocery stores blasted into rubble by Russian missiles and artillery, which are hitting both civilian and military targets.

Mariupol Hospital was badly hit by bombs.

Mariupol Hospital was badly hit by bombs. (Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies)

Mariupol, which is located in southeastern Ukraine on the north coast of the Sea of Azov, had a population of around 430,000 before the invasion began. Some were able to flee before Russian forces surrounded the city and cut off access to water, food, medicine, electricity and heat. Those who remain struggle to stay fed and warm, while avoiding incoming shells and the fires they spark.