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Odesa, Country’s 3rd-Largest City, Braces as Russian Warships Depart from Crimea

Several Russian warships from Crimea were headed to Odesa
Russian Navy vessels are anchored in a bay of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo)
Russian Navy vessels are anchored in a bay of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo)

The violence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hasn’t yet reached Odesa, the country’s third-largest city, but Vladimir Putin’s navy was headed there Wednesday night.

Several Russian warships from Crimea were headed to Odesa. An amphibious assault could come as soon as Thursday, U.S. officials told Fox News.

It comes as Russian forces attack the waterfront cities of Kherson and Mariupol.

In Odesa, a city of roughly one million people on Ukraine’s southern coast, supermarkets ran out of supplies days ago, according to Kate, a 24-year-old local manager who asked to withhold her last name due to safety concerns amid a full-scale invasion of her country.

She shared pictures of empty supermarket shelves. Although she said she stocked up on food and water, she doesn’t see an opportunity to resupply.

"I went out to the store to replenish our supplies," she told Fox News Digital. "But the store shelves are empty. The store warehouses are just as empty. New supplies are now impossible."

She’s spent the last week waiting for air raid sirens, running down to a fallout shelter when they blare. The city has a 6 p.m. curfew.

She lives with her cat and her boyfriend, who is medically ineligible to serve in Ukraine’s defense forces, but they’ve remained in Odesa, where she estimated only 20% of the population has stayed.

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