ATHENS – The deaths of 10 ethnic Greeks living in Ukraine, killed in Russia’s invasion, led Greek Foreign Ministery Secretary-General Themistoklis Demiris to lodge an official complaint with the Russian Embassy .
That was directed by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and sent to Russian Ambassador Andrey Maslov about the aerial strikes on the Sartana and Buhas villages after Russia assured no civilian areas would be targeted.
The Foreign Ministry said it wanted protection for the ethnic Greeks, mostly living in and around the city of Mariupol and that it was “appalled” by the killings, reported Kathimerini.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also put on social media that, “10 innocent civilians of Greek origin killed today by Russian air strikes close to Mariupol. Stop the bombing now!”
Major opposition SYRIZA leader and former premier Alexis Tsipras added to the response, saing that, “More innocent people dead in Ukraine. Deepest condolences to the families of our compatriots that were killed. The Russian invasion has to stop immediately. We need to return to the path of diplomacy.”
French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement on social media written in Greek and condemning the attack.
“It is not just the people of Ukraine who are in mourning today because of the war caused by Russia, but all the people of Europe. Tonight, with grief we think of Greece who unjustly lost 10 members of its community who lived in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol,” he also said.