A satellite photo shows entire city blocks destroyed in the center of Mariupol. (Maxar Technologies)
Entire city blocks in central Mariupol have been obliterated – a level of destruction not previously seen in the besieged Ukrainian city – new satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies shows.
Since there is no communication from and to Mariupol, the pictures are the first visual update in the last few days which are not taken from Russian propaganda.
The images confirm what NASA sensor satellite data has picked up: Dozens of explosions have taken place in and around Mariupol.
A playhouse in ruins after being bombed. (Maxar Technologies)
The area immediately east of the bombed drama theater – where authorities believe about 300 people died in a Russian attack – lies in ruins. On a satellite image, almost all buildings have their roofs missing or are severely damaged.
In eastern Mariupol, every house surrounding two separate apartment complexes will be destroyed. (Maxar Technologies)
Another residential area to the east of Mariupol was similarly destroyed. Any house surrounding two separate apartment complexes will be destroyed.
Another sprawling apartment complex in south-east Mariupol, near the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works, was destroyed. CNN has previously confirmed that Russian troops and Chechen fighters were active near this apartment complex.
Hundreds of people gather in lines in front of the Metro supermarket in western Mariupol. (Maxar Technologies)
The satellite images also show survivors of the carnage.
Hundreds of people are queuing in front of the Metro supermarket in western Mariupol, waiting to enter the building. Its roof has holes from military strikes.
The mayor of Mariupol estimates that up to 160,000 people will be in the city on Monday.
Russian military vehicles are parked next to houses northeast of Mariupol. (Maxar Technologies)
Russian military positions can be seen just northeast of the city, including vehicles parked right next to houses. Towed artillery positions can be seen northeast of these vehicles.
Towed artillery positions can be seen northeast of Mariupol. (Maxar Technologies)