It is the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast (province), and is designated as its own separate raion (district) within the oblast. Odessa is a major port on the Black Sea .

Odessa is a warm water port , but of limited military value. Turkey’s control of the Dardanelles and Bosphorus has enabled NATO to control water traffic between Odessa and the Mediterranean Sea .


Odessa is a popular tourist destination, with many therapeutic resorts in and around the city.

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