Satellite images released on Tuesday showed the results of relentless and nearly constant Russian artillery strikes in eastern Ukraine that have changed the landscape of the region.
The images provided to Washington Examiner by Maxar Technologies showed fields dotted with artillery shell craters, hospitals surrounded by damaged buildings and deployed Russian heavy artillery units in eastern Ukraine. The footage was collected by Maxar on June 6.
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In the image above, taken northwest of the city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region, a field riddled with hundreds of craters from artillery strikes can be seen. It is unclear whether the widespread bombardment was the result of Ukrainian or Russian artillery fire or both.
Below, a huge bomb crater, 44 meters in diameter, according to Maxar, can be seen, along with recent shelling and destroyed buildings in the town of Dovhenke.
Satellite images also show extensive damage to buildings near a hospital in the city of Severodonetsk. The red cross indicating the hospital building is visible in the image. Severodonetsk has been at the center of Russian attacks in Luhansk province of Donbass. Ukrainian forces recently staged counterattacks against Russian troops attempting to occupy the city, according to Ukrainian officials.
The heavy artillery causing some of the destruction in Severodonetsk was also captured by Maxar’s satellites. Two multiple rocket launchers deployed on the ground with rocket pods aimed at the city can be seen 11 km from Severodonetsk in one of the satellite images, according to Maxar. The company said scorch marks behind one of the units are a sign of recent shooting activity.
Towed artillery units were also visible, deployed within 10 km of Severodonetsk, according to Maxar.
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The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington, DC-based think tank, said Tuesday that Russian forces continue their attacks in several areas of eastern Ukraine but did not gain any additional territory on June 7.