Dendias will travel to Mariupol on a humanitarian mission


Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced a humanitarian aid mission to Mariupol and the creation of a coordination and reception group for Ukrainian refugees in Romania. According to him, he will personally accompany a humanitarian aid mission.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dendias said that he had already sent an official note to the Ukrainian side about assisting the mission and another note to the Russian side about not obstructing the sending of humanitarian aid to Mariupol.

The besieged city in eastern Ukraine (together with the surrounding area) has been home to over 100,000 ethnic Greeks for several centuries. Several thousand still remain in the city as they were unable to be evacuated with the Greek columns for reasons including bureaucratic obstacles, lack of their own transport, and reluctance to leave the city.

“I intend to personally accompany this mission in agreement with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Mauer, with whom we are already in contact,” Dendias said.

“Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine does not subside. The priority of the Greek government is to protect our expatriates as well as the civilian population,” he added.

Foreign Minister Dendias also said that a coordination and reception group would be set up in Bucharest with the participation of Greek diplomats in Romania and Ukraine.

Consul General of Greece in Mariupol Manolis Androulakiswho arrived in Athens 2 days ago, informed Nikos Dendias about the terrible situation of the civilian population, including tens of thousands of ethnic Greeks in Mariupol, according to him, this city can be compared with the Syrian Aleppo.

Nikos Dendias also noted the need to protect civilians in his speech in Brussels on Monday and during a personal meeting with the High Representative EU Josep Borrell, whom he asked to make public statements about Mariupol.

The Minister stressed that “the first step, when everything is back to normal, we will restore the maternity hospital in Mariupol“.

Mariupol: Russia offered, Ukraine refused

Like us previously reported, The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation offered the Ukrainian military from Mariupol to leave the city and enter the territories controlled by Kiev. In response, Ukraine stated that the military would not lay down their arms and leave the besieged city. Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, says:

“We call on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense battalions, foreign mercenaries to stop hostilities, lay down their arms and, along the humanitarian corridors agreed with the Ukrainian side, enter the territories controlled by Kiev.”

Moscow asked the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to provide practical support and monitoring of this operation, so that after the release of the military, civilians in the city could be evacuated. The Russian side claims that Ukrainian servicemen are preventing their rescue, using them as human shields.

“We call on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense battalions, foreign mercenaries to stop hostilities, lay down their arms and, along the humanitarian corridors agreed with the Ukrainian side, enter the territories controlled by Kiev.”

Moscow asked the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to provide practical support and monitoring of this operation, so that after the release of the military, civilians in the city could be evacuated. The Russian side claims that Ukrainian servicemen are preventing their rescue, using them as human shields.



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