The Greek Foreign Ministry announced a new incident in Sartana, the death toll of the Greeks increased to 10.
Greek edition protothema.gr reports:
It was recently reported that four more Greek expatriates were killed in the village of Sartana, which received aerial bombardment – without specifying whether it was artillery shells or rockets fired from fighter jets, or shots from Russian ships moving in the Sea of u200bu200bAzov. Within a few hours, 10 Greeks were killed in the Mariupol region due to incessant strikes. First two Greek expatriates died as a result of a bomb explosion in the village of Sartana, about 10 kilometers from Mariupol, and six more Greeks were injured. Some time later, in the village of Bugas, 70 km north of Mariupol, more four. On the night of Saturday it became known that four more emigrants were killed by shots from the air in the village of Sartana. According to available information, all 10 Greeks killed, as well as six wounded, were civilians.
In a statement from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs says:
“The airstrikes against civilians that continue in the village of Sartana and have resulted in the deaths of four more expatriates are an unacceptable criminal act. We condemn them unequivocally. We call on the Russian Federation to immediately stop airstrikes and any actions against civilians.”
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reacted to the events in his post in English:
Ten innocent citizens of Greek origin died today as a result of a Russian air raid near Mariupol. Stop bombing immediately.
Earlier, after the deaths of the first two Greek expatriates, the Prime Minister wrote:
The death of our compatriots causes sadness and anger for this unacceptable act of Russian attack on civilians. Condolences to their loved ones. The Greek Consulate in Mariupol remains open for assistance.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Greece yesterday refuted the statements of the Greek Foreign Ministry, stating that no Russian forces were operating in Sartana that day. It claims that the Russian army does not bomb civilian areas, and that there were no bombings in Sartan: “We do not bomb residential areas, villages, or any political or social infrastructure.”