Greece condemns Russian missile strikes against Ukraine

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The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned Russia's missile attacks in Ukrainian cities that led to the deaths of at least 11 civilians.

"We express our full solidarity with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people," the foreign minister said in a tweet, while it also mentioned that the Greek "staff of the Embassy in Kyiv and the Consulate General in Odessa have not been affected."

Ukraine's State Emergency Services said on Monday that at least 11 people have been killed and more than 60 wounded in Russian missile strikes on several Ukrainian cities.

The strikes are the largest coordinated assault on Ukrainian cities since the early days of the war. The Russian Defence Ministry said the strikes targeted Ukraine's military command and communication facilities and energy infrastructure.

At least six people were killed in Kyiv when missiles struck several locations in the city centre during morning rush hour. Officials in the central city of Dnipro said four people were killed.

The leader of Ukraine's armed forces, Valeriy Zaluzhny, said around 75 Russian missiles were launched, of which more than 40 were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian forces had also used Iran-built armed attack drones.

Earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that 11 major infrastructure targets were hit in eight regions, causing widespread disruption to electricity, water and communications.

Emergency services wrote on Telegram that the regions of Lviv, Poltava, Sumy and Ternopil currently have no electricity following the strikes, with other regions experiencing partial disruptions.

Zelensky wrote on Twitter that he agreed with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on holding an urgent meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) nations in response to Russia's missile strikes on Monday.

The German government condemned Monday's attacks, and vowed continued support of Ukraine. A G7 video conference with Zelenskyy as a guest is planned for Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The Ukrainian president said he has prepared a speech addressing the Russian attacks, increasing pressure on Moscow and securing aid for restoring damaged infrastructure.

Zelensky also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the need for strengthening Ukrainian air defences, as well as coordinating a "tough" European and international response.

Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said that three Russian cruise missiles fired at Ukrainian targets from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova's airspace Monday morning.

Moldova, which borders Ukraine's southwest, said it was summoning the Russian ambassador for an explanation.

Popescu added Moldova condemned in the "strongest possible terms" the violation of its airspace and also condemned "Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine."

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kerch Bridge explosion was a "terrorist attack" orchestrated by Ukraine. He is to hold a meeting of his security council on Monday.

"There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure. This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services," Putin said in a video on the Kremlin's Telegram channel.

Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said to TASS news agency, "Russia can only respond to this crime by directly killing terrorists, as is the custom elsewhere in the world. This is what Russian citizens expect."

The Kerch Bridge is a key link between Russia and Crimea, built after Moscow illegally annexed the territory in 2014. It is also an artery for the port of Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea fleet is based.

Putin met on Sunday with Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee, who said the explosion on the bridge was caused by a vehicle that had traveled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Russia's Krasnodar region.

Ukrainian special services were helped by Russians as well as other foreign nationals, he said in a video posted on Telegram.

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