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The Press in Ukraine | An end of the world atmosphere

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Pending the Russian offensive, the historic center of Odessa, an important port city in southern Ukraine, has been barricaded. There is an end-of-the-world atmosphere in its deserted streets, hampered by sandbags, cement blocks and anti-tank obstacles. The Press was able to access it.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

Barricade of odds and ends at the entrance to the historic heart of Odessa


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

The neighborhood is ready for street fights.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

The Opera and Ballet Theatre, the jewel of the city, is well guarded.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

Residents, like these two women, are still allowed to circulate in the almost deserted neighborhood.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

Barbed wire and obstacles are ready to be deployed to block the advance of Russian troops.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

Residents of the neighborhood are adjusting somehow to their new normal.


PHOTO MARTIN TREMBLAY, THE PRESS

There are now more soldiers than civilians in this usually very touristy district.

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