“Extinction” of Donbas on satellite images published by analysts
9:38 / 19 Jul. 2016 / 143
Analysts from Ukraine and Poland have published satellite images of non-controlled by Ukrainian government territories. They show significantly dropped illumination in Donetsk and Luhansk after the outbreak of hostilities in Donbas.
One of the indirect ways of economics stability is measuring illumination at night on the basis of satellite images, as energy consumption is an important indicator of economic activity. This method has been used by researchers to assess the African economies in sub-Saharan Africa, the analysis of the Syrian crisis, and so forth.
Photos from the satellite: night shots of Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk in March 2014, 2015 and 2016:
In the first year of armed conflict in Donetsk the illumination intensity two times decreased. However, in Luhansk, the case is even worse – the light level there dropped to almost one-third of the level of 2014.
In Kiev, Zaporozhye, Dnipro and Kharkov changes are insignificant, and the level of economic activity in these cities remained relatively stable.
As it was reported earlier, power lines restoration has been started in Donbas. .