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Odesa, a defiant city on the strategic shores of the Black Sea

A seaside resort with a rich multicultural past, Odesa was one of the early targets of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in  February, 2022. But the port city mounted its defenses and the mayor, who once had a reputation for being pro-Russian, transformed himself into an uncompromising Ukrainian patriot. With its vital port again functioning – albeit in slow motion – the city keeps up its resistance as it awaits better days. 

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