Mariupol, before and after the Russian bombing | Europe | D.W.


The port of Mariupol in October 2018 – a place to relax and stroll. The city advertised that it had “the warmest waters” in all of Ukraine. But the port was above all an important economic factor for Mariupol, many people were employed in a company that worked directly or indirectly for the port. From there, Ukraine exported iron, steel, grain, and machinery to the world.

Two months after the Russian attack, there are practically no ships in operation. “All important objects of the city’s infrastructure, including the seaport and access road, have not only been mined, but also blocked by floating cranes,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters. the Interfax news agency. This is the current appearance of the port of Mariupol.


Children play in the water fountains of a park in the center of the city. This photo was taken on June 20, 2019. The trees are green and the silhouette of a church can be seen in the background.

People playing in pools of water in a park.

The same church has been seen in other images. This photo was taken on April 1, 2022. One cannot imagine that this place was once a space for leisure and tranquility.

A woman walks through the same destroyed streets.


The Mariupol Drama Theater gained sad notoriety during the bloody attack by Russian troops on Ukraine. In this photo, taken on August 30, 2014, youths are seen protesting against a Russian attack; even then there was fighting and tension in eastern Ukraine. But the theater was still a place of meeting and cultural exchange.

People stroll in summer in front of the Mariupol Drama Theater.

Today is completely different. This is what the theater looks like after the devastating air attack by Russian soldiers in mid-March. Several hundred civilians had sought refuge in the building, many of whom are now dead.

Theater and streets destroyed.


The Azovstal company operates one of the largest ironworks in Europe in Mariupol. This mainly produced steel and iron products. In addition to the port, the company was a major employer in the region. A photo from 2017 shows a neat plant.

The Azovstal steelworks looked orderly and in working order.

And this is an image from April 17, 2022. The shot looks like a film set, but it is the result of a Russian bombing. Currently, Ukrainian soldiers continue to resist in the steel mill. The Ukrainian side speaks of about 1,000 soldiers; the Russian, of 2,000. Putin ordered that the steel mill not be completely stormed. Instead, he ordered the area to be surrounded and besieged. The photo shows a Russian soldier.

A Russian soldier walks through the bombed-out steel mill.

Residential areas

This snapshot from the summer of 2017 gives an impression of what the avenues and streets of Mariupol were like before Russia began the siege and bombardment of the city.

Clean avenues and streets in Mariupol.

The images now reaching us from Mariupol show pure destruction. Almost all the trees are burned, and apartment blocks and houses are destroyed. Many news agency photos show dead bodies lying in the middle of the streets. People bury their dead relatives or neighbors in their front gardens. now Mariupol is no longer a place worth living.

Destroyed streets and houses.


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