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Parts of the Ukrainian cities of Rubizhne and Severodonetsk are significantly destroyed, new satellite images taken on Monday by Maxar Technologies show.  

Constant, intense fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces has been happening for weeks in both cities. Ukrainian forces in the cities have held on, despite intense bombardments by Russian artillery. 

Russian forces continue to try to advance into — and past — the two key cities in Ukraine’s Donbas region. 

A number of buildings in northern Severodonetsk have been destroyed by military strikes, satellite images show.

Just outside of the city, satellite images show a Russian multiple rocket launch systems pointed toward the city. Scorch marks around one of the systems is a telltale sign that its rockets have targeted Severodonetsk. Towed artillery nearby are also pointed toward the city.

Satellite images show significant destruction in Severodonetsk and Rubizhne in eastern Ukraine

Additional satellite images from eastern Ukraine display the result of Russian artillery and military strikes.

Explosions in the village of Bohorodychne can be seen near a blown bridge.

In the village of Dolyna, smoke is rising from an incoming artillery salvo. In the images, craters from past explosions can also be viewed in a nearby field.  

A field full of craters outside of the village of Dovhenke shows just how many artillery strikes have fallen in the area, as it is completely covered. Nearby, a massive 130-foot (40-meter) crater is seen near what was a group of buildings. It’s unclear whether the crater is from the bomb that exploded there or a target on the ground that was hit.  

Craters from artillery strikes dot a field outside the village of Dovhenke.

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