Photo by Evgeniy Maloletka | Mariupol city. April 24, 2022 | A Russian rocket hits a residential high-rise building.
Odessa is the pearl of the Black Sea. On Holy Saturday 24 April, the citizens of the city were shocked after a bombardment of residential buildings left about a dozen civilians dead. By Easter, many families had returned to Odessa. For weeks, they had been hiding from an imminent Russian attack in the countryside or in western Ukraine. But this city in southern Ukraine had long been spared Russian shelling, so many thought they were safe. But this war is treacherous. It is near, even when it is invisible.