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Greece announces humanitarian aid mission to Mariupol, reception group in Romania

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced a humanitarian aid mission to Mariupol and the establishment of a coordination and reception group for Ukrainian refugees in Romania. The Foreign Minister will accompany the humanitarian aid mission, he said.

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

The besieged city in eastern Ukraine is home of over 100,000 ethnic Greeks since several centuries. Several thousands are left behind as they could not be evacuated with the Greek convoys for reasons that include bureaucratic obstacles, absence of own transport means but also unwillingness to leave the city.

“I intend to accompany this mission in person, in coordination with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Mauer, with whom we are already in contact,” Dendias announced.

“Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine continues unabated. The priority of the Greek government is the protection of our expatriates, but also of the civilian population,” he added.

FM Dendias announced also that a coordination and reception group will be set up in Bucharest, with the participation of Greek diplomats in Romania and Ukraine.

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