Odesa, Ukraine — Russia is shelling the seaside Odessa city from those early days war in ukraine—but the key grain port has become a symbol of ongoing local resistance. pro-Russian faction Now accepting Ukrainian patriotism.
“The longer the war drags on, the fewer people in Ukraine feel sympathy for Russia. he told the Daily Beast on Tuesday. “Even the most openly pro-Russian politicians, including the mayor of Odessa … have become ardent enemies of Russia. [Russian president Vladimir] Putin government. ”
Odessa, with its vast grain storage and shipping resources, is a coveted target for Moscow. Russian missiles have been ravaging the city since the first days of the war. In March and her April, missiles killed dozens of civilians, including her three-month-old baby girl Kira, her Grodan, and her mother, her grandmother.
The tragedy angered Odesa, but the massacres did not stop. On July 1, one of his missiles hit his Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi apartment, killing 19 people. A few weeks later she said on July 20, “Russia launched eight of her missiles costing millions of dollars and our military shot it down, along with a Russian drone.” Natalia Humenyuk, a spokeswoman for the Southern Defense Forces, told The Daily Her Beast in an interview last week.
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Relentless attacks from Russia hardened local sentiments against Putin.”During the first week of the war, Odessa mayor Gennady Trukhanov, who many believed had Russian passports, was sent to Moscow. “We didn’t say anything to them,” local activist Julia Grodetskaya told the Daily Beast. Behavior and constant Russian violence have changed leadership and made local authorities more patriotic,” she said, adding, “All the former pro-Russian Odesans are ready to defend our city. ” he added.
This is not how Moscow planned. On the eve of the war, one of the Kremlin’s ideologists, Sergei Markov, told the Daily Beast that Russian forces would easily capture Odessa. “There will be a rapid landing of marines supported by the pro-Russian underground,” Markov predicted the development of the war in the Black Sea.
Instead, Odessa became a symbol of resistance and the pro-Russian underground collapsed. As thousands of refugees from nearby Mykolaiv and Russian-occupied Kherson flooded into the city, locals held up giant patriotic banners with messages warning of possible saboteurs and spies. rice field. One of them showed a Ukrainian slitting a spy’s throat. In the districts of Pushkinska and Bunin streets, more banners read: “If anyone touches Mama Odessa, Mama will bury her.”
Odessa also made a decision to remove all street names of the “aggressor country”, but gave Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed by 25,000 people a local sign commemorating Catherine II and Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. did not respond to petitions to demolish the monument. The city said it was not the right time to discuss pre-revolutionary monuments. Nevertheless, Mayor Turkhanov said it was cynical for Moscow to destroy Ukraine with missiles while describing it as a “fraternal nation.” “Odessa has suffered losses in this war. We don’t want to have anything to do with a state that is trying to remove our city, our country from the face of the earth,” the mayor said last month. said in an official statement.
Now Russia continues to shell Odessa, but there are signs of vibrant life everywhere. In the harbor, yachts sway gently in the late afternoon sun, but they have all stayed in dock this season as the Russians set mines in the surrounding waters. Still, the yacht club’s marina is bustling. On a recent Friday, musicians from local opera and philharmonic theaters gave a concert of Ukrainian songs for an audience of famous artists, writers and seasoned businessmen. Two powerful volunteer movements called On the Wave and Sandbox are working to save the gorgeous and elegant city. They surrounded cultural structures with sandbags, distributed armored vests and welded tank barriers.
Ukraine is preparing to ship 16 ships full of grain to the Turkish port of Izmir, ending a long drought in the city. Odyssen was looking at the smooth, bare Black Sea on Sunday. The first grain-laden ship is set to sail on Monday, but many fear Russia will attack the ship, despite agreements with Moscow and Turkey. “Our favorite ocean is like a battlefield,” former captain Dmitro Botskevsky told The Daily Beast. “Our military drone attacked the headquarters of the Russian fleet in Sevastopol today. Of course, there are concerns about the safety of the grain passage.”
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Led by yacht club director Albert Kobakov, local defense volunteers grew in number as the war dragged on. Hundreds of activists attended. “When the war started, I came here to show that I was not going to surrender,” said local activist Maya Dimerelli. She and Grodetskaya said their biggest concern during the first weeks of the war was that the city authorities would betray Odessa and hand it over to Russia.