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Greek Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine Evacuated

Traffic is backed up for kilometers as people leave Ukraine for safer places. Credit: Twitter/Belarus Free Theatre

The Greek embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine was evacuated as Russian troops made their way into the capital city on Friday.

All embassy staff, as well as any Greek citizens who wished to leave, fled from the embassy, according to the Greek Foreign Ministry.

Consulate offices in the cities of Mariupol and Odessa are still operating as normal, however.

The city of Mariupol, which is home to a sizable Greek population, was one of the first cities hit by Russian artillery when the country invaded Ukraine on Thursday.

Greek embassy in Kyiv evacuated after Russia bombards Ukraine

The city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, the epicenter of the Greek presence in the country, was under heavy bombardment from the Russian forces.

Greece underlined on Thursday the need for the protection of the Greek community in Ukraine. A government spokesman said that Greece will stand by them.

There are more than 100,000 Greeks living in the wider region of the Ukrainian city. Amateur footage shared on Twitter shows that rockets have hit installations at Mariupol as Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine.

Earlier in February, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens to leave Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, joining many nations around the globe that have already withdrawn citizens and diplomatic staff.

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