Greece called on its citizens to leave Ukraine and postpone any plans to travel, as Russia has been stepping up its bombing campaign.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged “Greeks citizens who are in the country to leave immediately.”
It also recommended that those who continue to remain in Ukraine “immediately report their contact information to the Greek Embassy in Kyiv.” The Ministry notes that the Greek embassy in Kyiv continues to operate with the minimum necessary staff.
Greece’s warning follows attacks on Kyiv and other cities
The move by Athens follows Russia’s recent missile and drone attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities that have left the capital with no power and water.
Explosions were heard in the capital shortly after 09:00 local time on Tuesday, and clouds of smoke billowed from around a power station near the Dnipro river.
Power and water were cut in Zhytomyr, west of Kyiv, and two facilities were badly damaged in Dnipro.
The latest attacks came twenty-four hours after Kyiv was hit by “kamikaze” drones.
The unmanned drones, believed to be Iranian-made, killed at least eight people in the capital and the northern city of Sumy and struck critical infrastructure with power outages reported in hundreds of towns and villages.
“Ukraine is under fire by the occupiers,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky in response to the attacks. “They continue to do what they do best—terrorize and kill civilians.”
Athens condemns Russia’s annexation of Ukraine regions
Earlier in October, Greece joined the US and its NATO allies in strongly condemning the annexation of the eastern regions of Ukraine by Russia.
Greece “will never recognize the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s territories,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted on Friday.
The PM added that “Russia is undermining the rules-based international order and violating the fundamental rights of Ukraine to independence and sovereignty,” and that “Greece and the EU stand firmly with Ukraine.”