Video shows utter devastation in Mariupol, Ukraine

Harrowing footage from Ukraine released Wednesday shows the ruins of a residential section of Mariupol following weeks of Russian bombardment.

The aerial video, released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, shows the remains of apartment buildings near the intersection of Morskyi Boulevard and Zhovtnya Boulevard in Mariupol’s Left Bank neighborhood.

The buildings, some more than 10 stories tall, are pockmarked with holes and covered in scorch marks. Rubble covers the nearby streets, and several large buildings are still smoldering.

As the camera pans up to the horizon facing east, smoke from other, larger fires can be seen elsewhere in the Left Bank.

Mariupol, on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov, has become a striking symbol of the war’s destruction. Besieged by Russian troops for weeks, residents have been without resupply of food or clean water. Constant bombardment from artillery, airstrikes and Russian naval vessels has killed thousands. With overflowing morgues, city officials two weeks ago began to bury the dead in mass graves.

The city rejected Russian demands to surrender this week.

Several apartment buildings in Mariupol's Left Bank neighborhood were constantly bombarded by Russian artillery.
It is not clear whether Russia has gained complete control of Mariupol, Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs
A satellite image shows a section of an apartment complex wiped out in Mariupol, Ukraine.
A satellite image shows a section of an apartment complex wiped out in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
Several apartment buildings in Mariupol's Left Bank neighborhood were constantly bombarded by Russian artillery.
Several apartment buildings in Mariupol’s Left Bank neighborhood were constantly bombarded by Russian artillery.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs
A satellite image shows a section of an apartment complex wiped out in Mariupol, Ukraine.
There is no clear estimate of how many civilians have been killed by Russian bombings in Mariupol, Ukraine.
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It remains unclear how much of the city is under Ukrainian control. The last known Western reporters, working for the Associated Press, were evacuated from the city earlier this week.

Residents who have escaped Mariupol in recent days describe Ukrainian and Russian forces waging a pitched, street-by-street battle for the city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated some 100,000 civilians remained trapped in the city. Recent estimates placed the city’s peacetime population at about 430,000.

Aerial footage shows scorched apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine following weeks of Russian attacks.
Aerial footage shows scorched apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine, following weeks of Russian attacks.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs
An aerial view shows destroyed Azovstal metallurgical factory buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 22, 2022.
An aerial view shows destroyed Azovstal metallurgical factory buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 22, 2022.
Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
A satellite view shows burning apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 22, 2022.
A satellite view shows burning apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 22, 2022.
Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
A satellite view shows burning apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 22, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes 100,000 people are stuck in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP
Ukrainian forces in Mariupol have refused to surrender in spite of the Russians hammering the city.
Ukrainian forces in Mariupol have refused to surrender in spite of the Russians hammering the city.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs

Efforts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol have been fraught, as have efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the city.

With Post wires

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