Series Of Explosions Rock Key Ukrainian Port City Of Odessa

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Kyiv: A series of explosions rocked Odessa on Sunday morning, marking the first major Russian strikes on the Black Sea city’s downtown.

“Loud explosions in downtown Odessa right now. My hotel room windows just shook. Not clear what that was,” Washington Post correspondent Isabelle Khurshudyan, who is in Odesa, tweeted:

Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for Odesa’s regional military administration, urged city residents to stay in shelters.

“We will overcome. Hell to enemies!” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Odessa has long been considered a target for the Russian military because it is an economically vital port. But with Moscow’s ground forces unable to advance past Mykolaiv, about 70 miles east, Odessa has been largely spared any attacks. Local businesses and even the zoo have reopened in the past week.

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