Mariupol was destroyed in the Russian invasion
Google Earth just updated its imagery for the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, changing it from a busy port city to a desolate, destroyed landscape.
Google Earth, which builds an accurate 3D representation of the planet through satellite images and aerial photography, does not constantly update its imagery.
The platform says its photos update once a month, but according to TechCult, but many area photos are around three years old due to various location, time and money constraints.
That would explain why Twitter is only just noticing how the photos for Mariupol are different, even though the eastern Ukraine city was one of the first cities to be attacked when Russia invaded in February 2022.
Mariupol is known as one of the areas which was particularly devastated by the war. Around 600 people died when a theatre which was being used as the city’s main bomb shelter was hit by Russian air strikes. The attack came even though the theatre’s set designer had painted the word ‘CHILDREN’ outside the building in a display obvious even to satellite imagery.
Following weeks of Intense fighting in the streets, the shelling of more civilian areas and a three month siege, Mariupol surrendered in May 2022.
Although numbers differ hugely, Ukrainian officials claimed last year that at least 20,000 civilians had been killed and more than 90% of Mariupol’s structures were damaged or destroyed.
Thousands of the remaining residents in Mariupol were sent to Russia with little or no choice, according to AP.
Since then, Russia has tried to wipe away any evidence of the attacks, using soldiers and builders to try and rebuild the city altogether. It allegedly wants to return the population to its original 425,000 by 2030.
But Google Earth’s update is a stark reminder of how brutally the city was battered last year – and Twitter was utterly heartbroken.
Google Earth just updated their satelite images of Mariupol pic.twitter.com/CLrunEGmSY
— Mărgică Fetucizată (@Belerez1) April 25, 2023
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 26, 2023
Google Earth updated their imagery of Mariupol pic.twitter.com/STemGhSyWF
— Aram Shabanian (@ShabanianAram) April 26, 2023
The Google Maps service has updated satellite images of Mariupol.
Now it is possible to see the arrival of the festering "Russian peace" more clearly. pic.twitter.com/nOAvP26EUG
— Roman Kyryliuk 🇺🇦 (@KyryliukRoma) April 26, 2023
Mariupol, destroyed by the Russians, can also be seen on Google Earth. It could have been your city, your house could have been burned by the Russians. Why? Just because the Russians wanted to. pic.twitter.com/RNYX4XCcrP
— Taras Mishchenko (@tarasmi) April 26, 2023