Satellite Images Depict Ukraine’s Devastation Two Years After War With Russia

Satellite Images Depict Ukraine's Devastation
Satellite Images Depict Ukraine's Devastation
Satellite Images Depict Ukraine's Devastation
Satellite Images Depict Ukraine's Devastation

Satellite Images Depict Ukraine’s Devastation Two Years After War With Russia

Satellite Images Depict Ukraine’s Devastation Two Years After War With Russia

Satellite Images Depict Ukraine’s Devastation Two Years After War With Russia

As Ukraine marks the somber two-year milestone in its devastating conflict with Russia, the outlook for peace appears grim. Recent satellite images vividly depict the war-torn landscape, revealing widespread destruction resulting from Russia’s relentless bombing campaign. Despite initial setbacks in 2022, there are alarming signs of Moscow’s renewed military ambitions, overshadowing any hopes for negotiation.

Avdiivka’s Intense Battle: Captured and Devastated

The recent capture of the war-torn industrial center of Avdiivka by Russian forces stands out as a pivotal moment in the conflict. The town, situated 30 kilometers to the east, witnessed intense fighting, leading to its complete control by Russia. Satellite images show the extent of devastation, with black scorched marks indicating widespread bombing of civilian and other areas. Ukraine’s withdrawal left Russian forces in control, acknowledging the presence of Ukrainian troops at the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant.

2024 Outlook: Conflict Continues Amidst Political Challenges

Analysts predict another year of conflict in 2024, as Ukraine’s determination to reclaim lost territories clashes with Putin’s insistence on Kyiv’s unconditional surrender. Fyodor Lukyanov, head of a Kremlin-linked think tank, dismisses the likelihood of near-term negotiations, asserting a lack of subjects for Moscow and Kyiv to negotiate. Concerns rise over cracks in Kyiv’s resolve, including exhaustion among Ukrainian troops, delays in US military aid, and political tensions within Kyiv.

Strategic Foothold: Bakhmut’s Devastation and Moscow’s Calculations

Satellite images reveal the extensive devastation in Bakhmut, the strategic foothold viewed by Moscow for control over the broader Donbas region. Maxar’s images depict significant damage to schools, university buildings, apartment buildings, and a radio tower. Putin’s recent interview with Tucker Carlson highlights Moscow’s intentions, signaling a willingness to negotiate on non-negotiable terms for Kyiv. Russia’s endurance against Western sanctions, economic mobilization, and silencing of internal opposition add to Ukraine’s sense of uncertainty as the conflict unfolds.

This period of heightened tensions raises questions about the trajectory of the conflict, with the upcoming US election potentially shaping its outcome.

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