No less than 10 Greek nationals have been killed and 6 wounded by Russia’s bombing in Ukraine, Greece’s international ministry stated, including that it has summoned the Russian ambassador to Greece.
Six individuals have been killed within the Sartana village and 4 others in Buhas, situated about 15km and 65km (9.3 miles and 40 miles), respectively north of Mariupol, the ministry stated in a press release on Saturday, including that there was a toddler among the many injured.
Hundreds of Greek expatriates stay in Mariupol, the guts of the ethnic Greek neighborhood that dates to the 18th century.
Greece is “appalled by and unequivocally condemns the bombing of civilians” by Russia, learn the assertion which additionally stated the Russian diplomat is anticipated on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs on Sunday.
The continued aerial assaults towards civilians within the village of Sartana resulted within the deaths of one other 4 Diaspora Greeks.
We unequivocally condemn them & name on 🇷🇺 to right away halt airstrikes and any motion concentrating on civilians
— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) February 26, 2022
“Cease the bombing now!” Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Twitter.
The killing got here as Ukraine has entered the fourth day of a large sea, land and air offensive by Russia which has up to now killed greater than 200 civilians and wounded lots of.
Simply days earlier than the Russian invasion, Dendias had “urgently” raised the safety of the ethnic Greeks in Ukraine throughout a gathering with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the ministry added.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his solidarity with Greece, saying that “all individuals of Europe”, and never simply Ukrainians, are mourning right this moment.
Δεν είναι μόνο ο λαός της Ουκρανίας που πενθεί σήμερα εξαιτίας του πολέμου που προκάλεσε η Ρωσία, αλλά όλοι οι λαοί της Ευρώπης. Απόψε σκεφτόμαστε με θλίψη την Ελλάδα που έχασε άδικα δέκα ομογενείς που ζούσαν στην Oυκραvιά κοντά στην Μαριούπολη.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 26, 2022
Translation: “It isn’t simply the individuals of Ukraine who’re mourning right this moment due to the struggle waged by Russia, however all of the peoples of Europe. Tonight we expect with unhappiness of Greece that unjustly misplaced 10 expatriates who lived in Ukraine close to Mariupol.
The Russian embassy in Athens in a press release expressed “deep sorrow” over the deaths, however insisted that Russia was “completely” concentrating on army items and installations in Ukraine.
“We don’t bomb inhabited areas and villages, nor any political or cultural infrastructure,” the embassy stated, including that “the Ukrainian military and nationalist Nazi squads have been recognized for a few years to strike towards civilians”.
It denied that Russian items have been lively within the Sartana space on Saturday.
“The Kiev [Kyiv] regime is probably utilizing the ethnic Greek and different communities residing in Ukraine exactly to foment anti-Russian response overseas,” it added.
Earlier this month, Athens protested to Kyiv after an ethnic Greek died in a brawl in japanese Ukraine, which Athens blamed on Ukrainian troopers.
On Friday, Greece closed its embassy in Ukraine’s capital however strengthened its consular presence within the southern metropolis of Mariupol.
Regardless of historic hyperlinks to Russia, Greece has condemned the assault and has supported sanctions towards Moscow.
Anti-war protests by Ukrainians residing in Greece and political events have been additionally held through the week.
On Sunday, the Greek authorities determined to ship defensive materials to Ukraine, transported by two C-130 army plane, native media reported. The choice got here a day after PM Mitsotakis stated in a cellphone name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Athens was sending medical provides in help.
Athens can be keen to supply Poland with “humanitarian and technical help” in managing refugees from Ukraine, the Greek migration ministry stated.