AUTHOR: Taras VINTSKOVSKYI
“ROMANIAN THREAT”: ODESSA EXPECTING A WAR AT THE BEGINNING OF 1918
Danubius, XXXVIII, Galaţi, 2020, pp. 317-330.
The study is dedicated to the history of Odesa, in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian and of the Russian-Romanian relations, at the beginning of 1918. During January-February 1918, the largest city of the Northern Black Sea area not only witnessed bloody street battles between units of the Army of the UPR and Bolshevik detachments, but also was faced an apparent threat of occupation by the Romanian troops. The space of the Odesa border could be divided into two components, according to the mentalities of its inhabitants.
At the same time, the Duma of the city considered as necessary to focus on solving security issues regarding Odesa food products, drinking water and sanitary conditions. Instead of this, the People’s Commissars of the Odesa Soviet republic concentrated on problems of a political nature, which highlighted several important lines of discussion. First of all, they proceeded to the isolation of a potentially disloyal part of the population cities.