Odessa, Russian bombs 200 meters from the cars of Zelensky and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis

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Odessa, Russian bombs 200 meters from the cars of Zelensky and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis

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The Ukrainian and Greek leaders escaped a Russian attack that caused deaths and injuries in Odessa. Zelensky: “You see who we are dealing with. They don't care where to hit.”

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A strong explosion was reported today in Odessa , a Ukrainian city overlooking the Black Sea where a meeting was held between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis : the raid, carried out by the Russians, took place near the port of city and was preceded by an air raid alert. “We heard and saw this attack today. You see who we are dealing with. They don't care where to strike. I know there were casualties. I don't know the details, but I know there are dead and injured,” the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. “At the end of the visit, we heard the sound of air raid sirens and explosions very close to us. We didn't have time to go to the shelters”, confirmed Mitsotakis during the joint press conference, speaking of “an experience impressive”.

According to the Athens newspaper Kathimerini, the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place as planned in Odessa despite the explosion that occurred near the Ukrainian president's motorcade. The Greek delegation was about 200 meters from the site of the explosion, but all its members remained unharmed, Kathimerini reported.

The meeting with Zelensky had not been announced by the Greek government: Mitsotakis visited Odessa this morning before his trip to Romania, where he is expected for the two-day conference of the European People's Party (EPP) in Bucharest. According to Ert news, the visit of the Greek prime minister was a decision of “high symbolic value” to reaffirm Athens' solidarity with Kiev, a few days before the two-year anniversary of the outbreak of the war. Also today, the Greek Defense Minister, Nikos Dendias, announced on .

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