Why Ukrainian soldiers killed two Greeks – “They must have consumed vodka,” says community leader

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A father of two children and grandfather of a grandson is one of the Greek expatriates who was killed by Ukrainian soldiers near the border with Russia and Russian-speaking controlled Donetsk.

CLARIFICATION: One ethnic Greek and one local Russian-speaker were killed, not two ethnic Greeks as originally announced by the Greek Foreign Ministry.

As the president of Greek communities in Ukraine, Alexandra Protsenko, told Proto Thema, it appears that the Ukrainian soldiers were under the influence of alcohol and are now being held in custody.

“They must have consumed a lot of vodka, but why they fired and what exactly happened, we still do not know,” Protsenko said.

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It is recalled that two Greek expatriates in Ukraine were killed by Ukrainian army soldiers.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to the sudden death of two expatriates, two more Greeks were seriously injured in the village of Granitne, which is located near the contact line in Eastern Ukraine.

The perpetrators of the double homicide are three soldiers of the Ukrainian army, who got involved with the expatriates for an insignificant reason.

According to reports, the fight broke out over entering baths in the area, with the soldiers shooting the Greek expatriates.

The announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“We express our deepest sorrow for the sudden death of two expatriates and the serious injury of two others in the village of Granitne, which is located near the contact line in Eastern Ukraine.

“We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured.

“According to the available evidence, the perpetrators of the double murder are three soldiers of the Ukrainian army, who got involved with the above expatriates for an insignificant reason.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, has requested to speak by telephone with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, in order to emphasise again the need to protect the Greek Community in Ukraine.”

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