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Dramatic appeal by the ethnic Greeks in Ukraine for “green corridor”, “humanitarian aid”

The president of the Federation of Greek Associations in Ukraine, Alexandra Protsenko has made a dramatic appeal to Greeks around the world and the international community to mobilize to prevent the imminent extermination of the Greek communities. In a letter to cnngreece sent written in an underground shelter in Mariupol, president Protsenko [phonetic writing] denounces the “genocide of the Ukrainian people and the Greeks of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.”

At the same time, she cites a number of facts and evidence about the murders of members of the Greek community and the destruction of Greek villages, homes of over 100,000 people sharing common language Urum, Rumeika, culture and roots.

She calls on the international community to put pressure for the organization of a “green corridor” from the evacuation of Greeks “from settlements surrounded by the enemy” as well as the provision of humanitarian aid.”

Speaking of “overt and obvious terrorism,” Protsenko underlines that “Russia’s armed attack on Ukraine, which began in 2014 and escalated on February 24, 2022, threatens the unique culture of the Greeks of Azov and the languages ​​of the Urums and Rumi.”

77,500,000 ethnic Greeks live in the Donetsk region, she notes, adding that “as a result of the hostilities and the temporary occupation of certain territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since 2014, the 13 settlements in the Donetsk region founded and inhabited by Greeks from the Azov were found under occupation.”

Stressing that the ethnic Greeks under occupation have no ways to evacuate Mariupol and the settlements in the area, she appeals at the Greek world and the international community for help.

Full letter in Greek on cnngreece.gr

At least 2,500 civilians have been killed in the besieged Mariupol, so far.

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The pregnant Ukrainian woman pictured on a stretcher in Mariupol has died, along with her baby, after Russian forces shelled a maternity hospital last week.

More information on ethnic Greeks in Ukraine here.

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