Among those killed in Ukraine, one is a Greek expatriate, and the second is a Russian citizen

Alexandra Protsenko-Pitsatsis, President of the Federation of Greek Communities of Ukraine, gave an exclusive interview

In a conversation with Vasilis Tsenkelidis, she said that in the village of Granite, near Mariupol, three soldiers were intoxicated, and one of them started shooting. As a result, two people were injured and two were killed. Among the dead are an ethnic Greek and a Russian citizen.

At the official briefing Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs it speaks of two dead Greek emigrants and two more seriously injured. However, in communication with, Ms. Alexandra Protsenko-Pitsantsi, it turned out that the injured and one of the two dead were expatriate Greeks, and the other victim was a Russian citizen. The President of the Federation of Greek Communities of Ukraine says:

“I have just arrived from the funeral of an unfortunate young Greek from the village of Granitnoye in the Mariupol region: Maxim Chiorman, born in 1979, left his wife, daughter and grandson. He married early and created a good family. His mother is heartbroken, as her husband died eight months ago, and relatively recently, her second son died of illness. She stayed with her eldest son and the family of the unfortunate Maxim. The second deceased was Vitaly Reutsky, born in 1976, Russian by origin. Two young people, Alexander Dmitriev and Alexander Khaitulov, are in the hospital with severe injuries, but their lives are out of danger.”

Ms. Protsenko-Pizatsi stressed that the incident was random and not due to national differences:

The incident was accidental. The center of the village is the only place where its inhabitants can gather. It has nothing to do with national differences. Three soldiers were intoxicated. One of them opened fire near the village cafe, injuring and killing people.

Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said via Twitter that he was “deeply shocked by the tragic death of two compatriots and the wounding of two others by Ukrainian soldiers” and called on the Ukrainian authorities to “protect the Greek community.”

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