ATHENS – Greek officials are trying to find some way to rescue Consul-General Manolis Androulakis from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol that is being bombarded by Russian invaders targeting civilians.
Constant artillery fire has been so intense that some 1200 victims were buried in a mass grave and bodies lay in the street as Ukrainian forces, left alone by the world, are trying to repel the Russian forces.
Mariupol was home to some 150,000 ethnic Greeks but many residents in the city fled before Russia twice said it would allow humanitarian corridors and then attacked anyway.
Russian shelling of the port city prevented a humanitarian convoy from reaching the port city on March 10, Reuters reported, leaving desperate civilians trapped and running out of food and other supplies.
denting hopes of evacuating trapped civilians increasingly desperate for Androulakis, who is the only remaining European Union diplomat in Mariupol, was taking shelter at the building of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Greek Foreign Ministry officials said no one is being allowed out of the city and that they’ll be forced to stay there unless there is another partial ceasefire leaving a window to get out.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias discussed the issue with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Mauer and with OSCE Secretary-General Helga Schmid but it wasn’t said why he didn’t talk to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.