Brooklyn’s ‘Little Odessa’ reacts as Ukraine endures Russian invasion

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As news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine spread throughout the world, the southern Brooklyn enclave of Brighton Beach, which is home to one of the largest Ukrainian populations outside of Eastern Europe, began reeling from the devastating news of their native land under siege. 

The southern Brooklyn neighborhood has earned the nickname “Little Odessa,” owing to its population and its perch near the beach, just as the moniker’s Ukrainian namesake. 

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