Satellite Images Reveal Ongoing Devastation in Ukraine Two Years After Conflict with Russia

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia  - Editor
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As Ukraine commemorates two years of a devastating conflict with Russia, satellite images vividly depict the widespread destruction caused by Russia’s relentless bombing campaign. The war-torn landscape tells a grim tale of the ongoing struggle for peace, with recent developments indicating a resurgence of Moscow’s military ambitions.

Initially, the conflict saw setbacks for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2022. However, recent indications suggest a lack of optimism for negotiated resolutions, as Putin’s remarks imply a willingness to engage only on Moscow’s terms, leaving little room for compromise.

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The relentless bombardment was part of a broader offensive that led to the capture of the war-torn industrial center of Avdiivka by Putin’s forces. Despite Ukraine’s withdrawal, Russian forces acknowledged the presence of Ukrainian troops entrenched in a Soviet-era coke plant, marking one of the war’s most intense battles.

In the vicinity of Avdiivka, Ukrainian troops near the village of Progres are actively constructing new defensive lines to impede further advances by Russian forces. Analysts and diplomats foresee 2024 as another year of conflict, with Ukraine’s determination to reclaim lost territories conflicting with Putin’s insistence on Kyiv’s unconditional surrender.

Satellite images also reveal extensive devastation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, a strategic foothold viewed by Moscow. The images depict significant damage to schools, university buildings, apartment buildings, and a radio tower. The city, with a population of approximately 70,000 before the invasion, is crucial in Moscow’s pursuit of control over the broader industrial Donbas region in the east.

Notably, the Kremlin officially acknowledged damage inflicted on a Ukrainian assault on a warship docked in the Crimean port of Feodosiya, a setback for the Russian navy. President Volodymyr Zelensky humorously remarked on social media about the vessel becoming part of the “Russian underwater Black Sea fleet.”

Putin’s recent interview with US talk show host Tucker Carlson revealed Moscow’s intentions, signaling a willingness to negotiate. However, Putin’s terms appear non-negotiable for Kyiv, influenced by factors such as the erosion of Western support for Ukraine, delays in US military aid, and the rise of far-right sentiments in Europe.

The delay in US military aid, political disputes, and Europe’s struggles to provide sufficient weaponry contribute to Ukraine’s sense of uncertainty. Meanwhile, Russia has weathered Western sanctions, mobilized its economy for war, and dealt with internal opposition, exemplified by the sudden death of Alexei Navalny.

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