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Ukraine's Mariupol - a beautiful port city ruined by war | PHOTOS

Satellite images show apparent mass graves near Mariupol, where local officials accused Russia of burying up to 9,000 Ukrainian civilians to conceal slaughter taking place in the ruined port city that’s almost entirely under Russian control.

Sheenu Sharma Edited by: Sheenu Sharma @20Sheenu [ Published on: April 22, 2022 14:26 IST ]
  • A man walks in front of harbor cranes at the port in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022. Mariupol, which is part of the industrial region in eastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, has been a key objective for Russia since the start of the Feb 24 invasion. 
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    A man walks in front of harbor cranes at the port in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022. Mariupol, which is part of the industrial region in eastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, has been a key objective for Russia since the start of the Feb 24 invasion. 

  • A view inside the Mariupol Drama Theater that was damaged during fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 4, 2022. Since March 1, the Russian military has relentlessly pummeled Mariupol with fierce artillery barrages and air raids that have flattened most of what once was a bustling seaside city. The theater was being used as a shelter when it was hit.
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    A view inside the Mariupol Drama Theater that was damaged during fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 4, 2022. Since March 1, the Russian military has relentlessly pummeled Mariupol with fierce artillery barrages and air raids that have flattened most of what once was a bustling seaside city. The theater was being used as a shelter when it was hit.

  • Women and children sit on the floor of a corridor in a hospital in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine Friday, March 11, 2022.
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    Women and children sit on the floor of a corridor in a hospital in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine Friday, March 11, 2022.

  • People look at a burning apartment building in a yard after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 13, 2022. Since March 1, the Russian military has pummeled Mariupol with fierce artillery barrages and air raids that have flattened most of what once was a bustling seaside city. 
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    People look at a burning apartment building in a yard after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 13, 2022. Since March 1, the Russian military has pummeled Mariupol with fierce artillery barrages and air raids that have flattened most of what once was a bustling seaside city. 

  • Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 
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    Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 

  • An explosion in an apartment building that came under fire from a Russian army tank in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022. Ukraine‚Äôs military says Russian forces have captured the eastern outskirts of the besieged city of Mariupol. In a Facebook update Saturday, the military said the capture of Mariupol and Severodonetsk in the east were a priority for Russian forces. Mariupol has been under siege for over a week, with no electricity, gas or water.
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    An explosion in an apartment building that came under fire from a Russian army tank in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022. Ukraine’s military says Russian forces have captured the eastern outskirts of the besieged city of Mariupol. In a Facebook update Saturday, the military said the capture of Mariupol and Severodonetsk in the east were a priority for Russian forces. Mariupol has been under siege for over a week, with no electricity, gas or water.

  • This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on Thursday, April 21, 2022 shows an overview of the cemetery in Manhush, some 20 kilometers west of Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 19, 2022.
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    This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies on Thursday, April 21, 2022 shows an overview of the cemetery in Manhush, some 20 kilometers west of Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 19, 2022.

  • Ukrainian servicemen and firefighters stand in the area outside of a maternity hospital damaged in a shelling attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Associated Press journalists, who have been reporting from inside blockaded Mariupol since early in the war, documented this attack on the hospital and saw the victims and damage firsthand. They shot video and photos of several bloodstained, pregnant mothers fleeing the blown-out maternity ward, medics shouting, children crying.
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    Ukrainian servicemen and firefighters stand in the area outside of a maternity hospital damaged in a shelling attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Associated Press journalists, who have been reporting from inside blockaded Mariupol since early in the war, documented this attack on the hospital and saw the victims and damage firsthand. They shot video and photos of several bloodstained, pregnant mothers fleeing the blown-out maternity ward, medics shouting, children crying.

  • A woman reacts as she stands with her daughter as she waits for her husband to flee a burning apartment in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 13, 2022. 
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    A woman reacts as she stands with her daughter as she waits for her husband to flee a burning apartment in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 13, 2022. 

  •   A metallurgical plant is seen on the outskirts of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 
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    A metallurgical plant is seen on the outskirts of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 

  • Damaged radar, a vehicle and equipment are seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 
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    Damaged radar, a vehicle and equipment are seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. 

  • Internally displaced people from Mariupol and nearby towns arrive at a refugee center fleeing from the Russian attacks, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Mariupol, which is part of the industrial region in eastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, has been a key Russian objective since the Feb. 24 invasion began. 
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    Internally displaced people from Mariupol and nearby towns arrive at a refugee center fleeing from the Russian attacks, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Mariupol, which is part of the industrial region in eastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, has been a key Russian objective since the Feb. 24 invasion began. 

  • A damaged boat of the Ukrainian Coast Guard of the Sea of Azov is seen after a heavy fighting in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Taking Mariupol would deprive Ukraine of a vital port and complete a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, seized from Ukraine from 2014. 
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    A damaged boat of the Ukrainian Coast Guard of the Sea of Azov is seen after a heavy fighting in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Taking Mariupol would deprive Ukraine of a vital port and complete a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, seized from Ukraine from 2014. 

  • This satellite photo released by Planet Labs and taken on April 20, 2022 shows the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, with some large holes blasted in the roof. 
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    This satellite photo released by Planet Labs and taken on April 20, 2022 shows the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, with some large holes blasted in the roof.