Issued on: 18/03/2022 – 18:51
Anti-tank obstacles in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. © afp
With its ornate architecture and striking sea views, Odessa has been called the “Pearl of the Black Sea”. Now though, the Ukrainian city has been “turned into a fortress”, according to its mayor, as residents prepare for a possible assault by invading Russian forces, with barricades, anti-tank obstacles and sandbags scattered throughout the once bustling streets to protect the city’s treasured monuments.