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The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned Russia’s missile attacks against civilians in Ukrainian cities, in a tweet on Monday.
“We express our full solidarity with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people,” it said, while it also mentioned that the Greek “staff of the Embassy in Kyiv and the Consulate General in Odessa have not been affected.”
According to two Ukrainian diplomatic sources, Russia launched the most unprecedented missile attack throughout the war across the entire Ukraine with the use of strategic aircraft.
This was preceded by Russia’s cruise missile strikes on populous residential areas of Zaporizhzhia, where at least 22 missiles were sent, leaving 16 people killed and about 100 injured in two days.
According to the same sources, at least 83 missiles and 17 kamikaze drones were sent from Russia, Belarus, Caspian Sea and temporarily occupied Crimea, killing 11 and injuring 64 people. Preliminary data show that 45 missiles were intercepted and 9 Iran-supplied kamikaze drones were destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces.
Critical civilian infrastructure of many cities of Ukraine (Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kropyvnytskyi, Kremenchuk, Sumy, Kharkiv and others) and public spaces were targeted.
The Ukrainian diplomatic sources urge the international community to provide additional air defense and missile defense systems, as well as long-range weapons as soon as possible. “They will protect civilians and infrastructure, which will be even more vulnerable in the forthcoming winter months”, they said.
“Attacking Kyiv, where diplomatic institutions of various countries are located, with missile strikes is a manifestation of Russia’s cynicism, barbarism, cowardice, as well as the demonstration of its leaders` doom”, one of the sources said.