October 4, 2022
This BlackSky satellite image, collected over Chernihiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 28, 2022 at 12:22 local time (UTC+2), shows an Epicentr K home improvement warehouse ablaze with scorched fields a few hundred meters east following shelling in the area. (Image credit: BlackSky)

Private Earth-observation satellites are helping the world keep tabs on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Sharp-eyed spacecraft operated by Maxar Technologies and Planet have documented Russian troop movements and the damage done to strategic targets in Ukraine such as airbases. But the destruction and attacks have not been restricted to facilities with military significance, as photos from Virginia-based company BlackSky show.