Natalie Thomas and Jonathan Saul from Reuters write:
"Military experts said an attempt to capture Odessa, which has so far been spared the intense bombardment and fighting seen in coastal areas further east, was possible given its strategic and symbolic importance to Ukraine."
"More than half of Ukraine's imports and exports move through the port, they said, and it is the last major city between Russian forces advancing past Kherson to the east and the border with NATO member Romania to the west."
Will Odessa be under Russian control on June 1?
This question will resolve positively if more than 50% of the Odessa's raions are under de facto Russian military control on June 1, 2022.
Resolution will be sourced from reputable media reports.