The airport in Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was hit on Saturday by a Russian rocket launcher that destroyed the runway without causing any casualties, the region’s governor, Maksim Marcenko, told AFP.
“Today, the enemy hit Crimea with a rocket system for the Bastion coastal defense. The runway at Odessa Airport was destroyed. Thank God there were no casualties, “the governor posted in a video on his Telegram account.
Odessa Airport was rocket-propelled by a Russian attack and the runway was destroyed
Eight people were killed in Russian shootings a week ago in the historic city of Odessa with nearly a million inhabitants, so far relatively free from fighting.
The Russian military then said it was targeting “high-precision missiles” at a major weapons depot delivered to Ukrainian forces by the United States and European countries near Odessa.
On April 10, the airport in the Dnieper, an industrial city of one million inhabitants in eastern Ukraine, was “completely destroyed” by Russian bombing, according to regional authorities.
In 1941, the Soviet port city of Odessa was preparing to defend itself against German attacks. 80 years later, while Russian ships are sailing on the sea, the city is preparing to do so again, although many in the city believe that this time the attackers will not come.
It was 1941. The Soviet port city of Odessa was preparing to defend itself against German attacks.
80 years later, as Russian ships set sail, the Ukrainian city is preparing to do so again. The streets are lined with sandbags and steel anti-tank shields. But not everyone thinks an attack will happen.
“Yes, we are quite safe, because Odessa has a very good history, you know that here, during the fascist (World War II) war, there was a civilian counterforce – not the army, but the civilians of Odessa. That’s why we are very brave, we are not afraid of that. “
The mayor of the city, Gennadiy Trukhanov, says that Russia missed the chance to enter the city.
“I still believe, I strongly believe, and it is a kind of inner conviction that a Russian attack on Odessa will not happen. Because Odessa is a symbol, a symbol of freedom, a symbolic city. It is a city that is loved all over the world. And the people of Odessa are peaceful people. “
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