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Greek PM on Odesa strike during his visit: No coincidence

Greek PM on Odesa strike during his visit: No coincidence Photo: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Getty Images)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that Russia deliberately launched a missile strike on Odesa in March 2024 while he was on a visit. During the air raid alarm, it was a bit worrisome because there was nowhere to hide, Mitsotakis said.

"I don't think it was a coincidence. It was an intimidation tactic. But I made it very clear that we will not be intimidated. Greece's position will not change. And I think the EU's position will not change either. Putin miscalculated. When he attacked Ukraine, he thought Europe would divide. But Europe is extremely united," he noted.

He said the delegation was at the port of Odesa during the shelling and saw the destruction after the Russian attacks.

"We heard sirens. It was a bit uncomfortable because there was nowhere to hide. Then we heard a loud explosion. Close enough to scare us, but not close enough for us to feel that we were actually in immediate danger. Then we realized that this is the daily reality in Ukraine," Mitsotakis added.

Visit of the Greek Prime Minister to Odesa

On March 6, 2024, the Prime Minister of Greece visited Odesa together with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

During the visit, the Russian Federation shelled the city. According to reports, the rockets landed 500-800 meters from the Greek delegation in the port of Odesa.

As previously reported by RBC-Ukraine, Greece considers transferring its S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine, especially after the missile strike by Russia on Odesa during the visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.