Satellite images show Russian invaders clearing rubble from bombed-out drama theater in Mariupol

7 May, 01:33 PM
Consequences of the air strike of the Drama Theater in Mariupol (Photo:Azov Handout/ via REUTERS)

Consequences of the air strike of the Drama Theater in Mariupol (Photo:Azov Handout/ via REUTERS)

Invading Russian forces are clearing the rubble of the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which they bombed on March 16, new satellite images taken on May 6 show.

As of today, the area is under Russian control, and debris left over from the fighting is being cleared in several parts of the city, images from Maxar Technologies, a private investigative organization, indicate.

Compared to satellite images taken on April 29, the new ones show a crane near the building. In addition, the sidewalks on the north and south sides of the drama theater, which had previously been littered with bombing debris, have now been cleared.

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Earlier on May 4, the Associated Press news agency reported that the Russian bombing of the drama theater in Mariupol had been far deadlier than previously estimated, killing closer to 600 people inside and outside the building.

Russian aircraft bombed the drama theater in Mariupol on March 16. About 1,300 people were hiding in the building at the time.

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