While Zelenskyy and the Greek prime minister are visiting Odesa, an explosion rocks the city

On Wednesday, as Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy were wrapping up a tour of the war-torn southern city, Odesa erupted with the sound of a massive explosion. The explosion, according to the Greek prime minister, was heard as officials were climbing into their cars. He described it as a “vivid reminder” that Odesa is still engulfed in the conflict with Russia. Hearing about the conflict was one thing, but really experiencing it firsthand is quite another, according to Mitsotakis. Unknown numbers of individuals were killed and more were injured by the blast, according to Zelenskyy. “You see with whom we are interacting. Where to hit is irrelevant to them,” he informed reporters.


Officials from Russia did not immediately respond. Throughout the war, Zelenskyy has frequently visited cities and military outposts; nevertheless, he has never disclosed his visits until after he has left. Foreign dignitaries have visited Ukraine on multiple occasions, most notably in the capital city of Kyiv. On occasion, they have been forced to seek shelter when air raid sirens have gone off. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen denounced the “vile attack” that occurred during the Greek leader’s visit on the social media site X. It was a “new attempt at terror” by Russia, according to her.


Zelenskyy took Mitsotakis to see the devastation in Odesa, where a Russian drone’s wreckage struck an apartment building on March 2, killing 12 people, including five children. This was the most recent major Russian strike on the city. On Wednesday, Ukraine declared that it had destroyed five Russian missiles and shot down 38 of the 42 drones that had been aimed at eight different Ukrainian districts. According to the general prosecutor of Ukraine, one of the drone strikes in Sumy injured seven persons. According to the air force, the intercepts happened over the districts of Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, and Sumy. The regional governor of Dnipropetrovsk, Serhiy Lysak, stated that there was damage to a power line, but he added that nobody was injured.

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