Ukrainian officials say Russia is ramping up attacks on Odessa

A destroyed shopping center in Odesa, Ukraine.
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Russian missiles hit the strategic port of Odessa on Monday and Tuesday, with Ukrainian officials saying this appeared to be an attack aimed at disrupting supply lines and blocking weapons shipments.

Odessa is Ukraine's largest port, and has been pummeled by Russian shelling since the start of the invasion on Feb. 24. Ukrainian officials said that on Monday, several missiles hit a shopping center, hotels, and a warehouse, leaving one person dead and five injured. Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov said the warehouse "had nothing in common with military infrastructure or military objects."

Military analysts told The Associated Press that the Russian military might be ramping up its attacks on Odessa so Ukraine pulls some troops from the eastern front, where Russia is struggling to make gains, and sends them to southwestern Ukraine.

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