McLaughlin says it’s just one example of how the country he knows intimately has changed due to the war.
In addition to visiting Odesa, he returns to Kieu. When he was last in the city, Russian troops were advancing and it was heavily bombed.
Things are calm, if not exactly normal. Air raid sirens ring frequently, but most of the time, people simply do their day-to-day work.
But it’s a different story in Donbus, where fighting has intensified in recent weeks.
In the latest In the news Podcast McLaughlin is looking forward to May 9th (an important date in the Russian calendar) to outline the situation of the Ukrainian war and assess what the next move of Vladimir Putin is.
In the news, presented by reporters Connor Pope and Socha Pollack
You can listen to the podcast here:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/resolve-stronger-across-ukraine-after-70-days-of-war-1.4869113?localLinksEnabled=false A stronger solution across Ukraine after the 70-day war