In Photos: The Destruction of Mariupol

Tuesday - 26/04/2022 21:03
The strategic port city has been badly damaged by two months of fighting, and tens of thousands have fled.

Ukraine warns that time is running out for the last defenders of the southern city of Mariupol as Russian forces close in. 

The city has withstood nearly two months of Russian bombardments, with photos showing widespread devastation of civilian areas and reports of food, water and medicine shortages.

The port city on the Sea of Azov holds great strategic value for Russia as it forms part of a land bridge between Russia-annexed Crimea and the breakaway separatist republics of eastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

Moscow has made repeated calls for the city's defenders to surrender, but Ukrainian resistance has continued despite the odds. 

A commander in the besieged Azovstal steel plant issued a desperate plea for help Wednesday, saying his marines were "maybe facing our last days, if not hours."

Here is a look at Mariupol amid the destruction and the ongoing fighting and Avozstal siege:

 
Observers have compared the scenes in Mariupol to Grozny and Aleppo, both of which were flattened by Russian bombing.
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Mariupol residents build a fire on a balcony in a residential building damaged during fighting.
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Smoke belches over the Azovstal iron and steel plant. The last remaining Ukrainian defenders are sheltering in the massive plant along with as many as 1,000 civilians, reports say.
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A woman walks past a bombed residential building. 
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A Russian serviceman is seen outside the Azovmash factory, one of the Ukrainian fighters' final holdouts;
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A burned out tank outside the Azovmash plant.
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A sign reading "Children" painted on the side of a van.
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Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko says as many as 100,000 civilians remain in the city.
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The Mariupol Commercial Sea Port.
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With its deep berths, Mariupol's port is the largest in the Azov Sea.
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The port has made Mariupol a key hub for Ukrainian steel, coal and corn exports heading to the Middle East and beyond.
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A local resident's funeral is held on a street.
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Residents have been unable to hold traditional funerals due to heavy shelling.
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Many civilians have been buried in mass graves.
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