A Foreign Ministry spokesperson has denied the Russian claim that it was not responsible for the bombing of a Greek village in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, but saying that they have "evidence."
A meeting under the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was held today at the Maximos Palace with the participation of the Minister of National Defence Nikos Panagiotopoulos and the Chief of the Greek military, General Konstantinos Floros.
The Prime Minister was briefed on the military situation in Ukraine.
With his decision, Greece responded to the request of Ukraine, in consultation with its allies in NATO and partners in the EU, to send defence equipment with two C-130s transport aircraft, which will depart for Poland.
Also during the day, significant humanitarian aid will be sent, which will be accompanied by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Nikos Hardalias.
The meeting was also attended by the Secretary General of the Prime Minister Grigoris Demitriadis and Ambassador Anna-Maria Boura.
Meanwhile, the Greek Foreign Ministry condemned the Russian attacks in Ukraine that cost the lives of ten ethnic Greek, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Papaioannou told SKAI TV.
Papaioannou stressed that it is unacceptable for civilians to be killed and reiterated that the Russian ambassador in Athens will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry today.
He stated that Athens has evidence that what the Russian Embassy invoked yesterday is false.
It is recalled that the Embassy claimed that on the outskirts of the village of Sartana, where ethnic Greeks were killed, there were no Russian forces operating.
"Orthodox bombs killed Orthodox expatriates," said a spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry. "Remember this thing."
"And what the Russian embassy said is fake news," he said, adding: "We have evidence."
Ten ethnic Greeks were killed in the Mariupol area of eastern Ukraine yesterday, specifically in Sartana and Buhas.
Although Moscow claims they were killed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion that operates in the area and killed an ethnic Greek as recently as two weeks ago for speaking Russian, Athens denied this allegation by saying it has evidence - that it is yet to present.
Mitsotakis: Unacceptable act of Russian attack on civilians
“The death of our compatriots causes sadness and anger for this unacceptable act of Russian attack on civilians,” the Greek Prime Minister tweeted.
“Condolences to their loved ones, he said, adding: “The Greek Consulate in Mariupol remains open to provide assistance.”
Ο θάνατος ομογενών μας, προκαλεί θλίψη και οργή για αυτή την απαράδεκτη πράξη ρωσικής επίθεσης σε αμάχους. Συλλυπητήρια στους οικείους τους. Το Ελληνικό Προξενείο στη Μαριούπολη παραμένει ανοιχτό για την παροχή βοήθειας.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 26, 2022
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