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Ukraine war

Odesa residents say will stand defiant in face of Russian attacks

Putin's war unites people in multicultural port town under Ukrainian flag

Odesa residents join a military training session, ready to take up arms should Russian forces enter the Ukrainian city. (Photo by Eiji Furukawa)

ODESA, Ukraine -- Mothers holding children ran for cover and a woman started to cry after a missile flew over a park in downtown Odesa last Saturday, a loud explosion shattering their afternoon in one of the Ukrainian city's islands of green.

Military officials say six missiles were launched into Odesa that day -- one hitting the airport some 4 km west of the park -- as Moscow intensifies its attacks on the key Black Sea city and other parts of Ukraine's south and southeast.

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