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The satellite image shows a crater in a field in the center of Izium. On one side of the pit there is a burning school wreck, and on the other side a football field is visible. (Maxar Technologies)

Violent clashes around the city of Izyum have caused much of the city to be destroyed, city officials said, as new satellite images reveal the extent of the devastation inflicted on the eastern Ukrainian city.

Maxar Technologies took the photos on Thursday.

A huge crater about 40 feet (12 m) wide appears in a field in the city’s central district. The burning school wreck lies on one side of the pit and a football field on the other. Part of the hospital across the street was seen destroyed.

The destruction of a large boiler building and a number of residential buildings around it.
The destruction of a large boiler building and a number of residential buildings around it. (Maxar Technologies)

The city is caught in the crossfire as Russia tries to link progress in the Kharkiv region in northern Ukraine with its stronghold in the far east.

Council Representative Max Strinik told CNN Thursday that the city had been “completely destroyed” by Russian planes and artillery, even as fierce battles continued inside Isium for control of land.

A convoy of Russian self-propelled artillery is moving south towards Izyum.
A convoy of Russian self-propelled artillery is moving south towards Izyum. (Maxar Technologies)

To the north of the school in satellite images, a large boiler building and every nearby apartment building are seen destroyed. There does not appear to be any identifiable military objectives in this part of central Isium.

About 3 miles (5 kilometers) northwest of Izyum, a convoy of Russian self-propelled artillery was seen moving toward the city.

Strynik said that Russian forces now control sectors of the city on the northern bank of the Seversky Donets River, which divides Izyum in half. The Ukrainians control the city sectors on the southern bank of the river.

Three miles northeast of the city, Russian self-propelled artillery were seen stationed in a field, their turrets pointed toward the center of Isium.

Russian self-propelled artillery in a field, its turrets turning towards the center of Izyum.
Russian self-propelled artillery in a field, its turrets turning towards the center of Izyum. (Maxar Technologies)

Another photo shows two vehicular bridges crossing the Seversky Donets River partially destroyed, in what appears to be a deliberate blow to halt a Russian advance across the river.

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But the Russians have found a way around and are now advancing toward the city from the south.

Pontoon bridge over the Seversky Donets River.
Pontoon bridge over the Seversky Donets River. (Maxar Technologies)

To bypass the collapsed bridges, the Russians erected two pontoon bridges over the Seversky Donets River to cordon off the city. A mile from those bridges, on the southern bank of the river, a convoy of tanks was seen moving along a highway towards the Ukrainian-held sectors of Izyum.

A convoy of tanks is moving north towards Izyum.
A convoy of tanks is moving north towards Izyum. (Maxar Technologies)

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