Russia’s strong interest in eastern and southern Ukraine can be seen in the satellite images.
Russia has invaded Ukraine and Feb. 24, to be condemned by the United States and other countries around the world. The Russian offensive was previously announced, with troops moving to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the north, cities such as Mariupol in the south and the Donbas and other areas in the east.
Things have changed in the past week, however; Ukrainian troops drove Russian troops from Kyiv and other parts of the north, and the insurgents stationed troops and munitions in the south and, more importantly, east.
Select: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as seen in the accompanying photos
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The move is reflected in new satellite imagery operated by Maxar Technologies in Virginia. The photos show recent attacks on the eastern border of Ukraine / western Russia, as well as long groups of military vehicles marching into the country.
Several convoys were spotted on Monday (April 11) in eastern Ukraine, near the towns of Bilokurakyne and Kyslikva.
“Combined, there are more than 200 vehicles and trucks, armored vehicles, artillery and props,” Maxar officials said in a letter. lightning explaining the newly released images.
The photo also shows the growth of Russian activity in southern Ukraine. For example, “two Russian troops were established to be repatriated and maintained in southern Ukraine and in Crimea to be used to help reinforce and provide operations in Mariupol, Kherson and Mykolaiv. , “said Maxar.
Crimea was a part of Ukraine until early 2014, when Russia invaded and annexed the mainland peninsula.
Mariupol may have been harder to fight than other parts of Ukraine. Russian forces have been battling the southern port city since the attack began, destroying several buildings and killing more than 10,000 civilians there. according to the mayor of Mariupol.
The new Maxar photo provides a new picture of this ongoing disaster, capturing the smoke rising from sealed buildings in the troubled city.
Mike Wall is the author of “Outside“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; edited by Karl Tate), a book about exploring alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or at Facebook.