Ukraine's Mariupol Before, After: Drone Footage Captures Devastation of Russian Shelling

Greece's consul general in Mariupol, who arrived home after escaping the siege, describes the southern Ukrainian city as standing alongside Guernica, Leningrad and Russia's previous targets Grozny and Aleppo

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Burning and destroyed apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
Burning and destroyed apartment buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Credit: AFP/Satellite image 2022 Maxar Technologies
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Mariupol, a port city on the Azov Sea, has been under siege and bombardment, with no food, medicine, power or fresh water, since the early days of Russia's invasion on February 24.

Video footage of the city shows it has been devastated.

Drone footage captures devastation of Mariupol.
Mariupol, drone footage before and after the Russian invasion.

Ukraine described the situation in Mariupol on Monday as "very difficult" and said it had been unable to establish a new safe corridor to evacuate civilians from the besieged city after it defied a Russian ultimatum to surrender.

Russia's military had ordered Ukrainians inside Mariupol to surrender by 5 A.M., saying that those who did so would be permitted to leave through safe corridors.

"Of course we rejected these proposals," Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

Mariupol Drama ThMariupol Drama Theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, in 2021.Credit: Oleksandr Malyon
Mariupol in 2020.Credit: Andrew J. Kurbiko

She said agreement had been reached with Russia on creating eight humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians from besieged towns and cities on Monday but Mariupol was not among them.

Efforts to reach the city with humanitarian supplies continue to fail, she said. "The situation there is very difficult," she added.

She gave no further details. Ukraine has accused Russian forces of bombarding buildings including hospitals and a theatre where it said people were sheltering last week.

Russia denies targeting civilians. Russia's Defence Ministry has blamed "Ukrainian nationalists" for the situation in Mariupol. A Russian-backed separatist leader in eastern Ukraine said it would take more than a week to take control of Mariupol.

The old water tower in Mariupol, Ukraine in 2021.Credit: Oleksandr Malyon

"I am not so optimistic that two or three days or even a week will close the issue. Unfortunately, no, the city is big," the Russian news agency Interfax quoted Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, as saying.

Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the city's "heroic defenders" had helped prevent Russia marching on other big cities and saved many lives.

Drone footage shows Aleppo destruction.

Greece's consul general in Mariupol, Manolis Androulakis, who arrived home on Sunday after escaping the siege, said: "What I saw, I hope no one will ever see." He described Mariupol as standing alongside Guernica, Leningrad and Russia's previous targets Grozny and Aleppo.

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