Missile explodes near Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s meeting with Greek prime minister: Sources

The Ukrainian Prime Minister met with Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

According to sources and officials, a Russian missile exploded early Wednesday in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, just hundreds of meters from where President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“It struck a few hundred meters away from us while the meeting was in progress,” the source said.

The source also added that this was “the best call ever,” with the exception of Zelenskyy’s trips to visit troops on the front lines.

Zelenskyy had shown the Greek Prime Minister around the port, the two got back into the car, and as they were in the car ready to leave, they heard the air raid siren go off, followed shortly after by the rocket hitting and hitting the port.

However, the source said it is unlikely that Zelenskyy was the target, as the source says the Russians were likely just launching missiles at their usual targets.

“Yes, there was a rocket attack in Odessa, probably with a ballistic weapon, which hit one of the buildings in the port infrastructure. But this is in no way related to a specific visit. It has to do with the terror that the enemy exerts. proceeds quite methodically,” a Ukrainian spokesman for the joint press center of the Ukrainian Southern Armed Forces said on Wednesday after the attack.

Zelenskyy’s trip was not announced before Wednesday, but his location was known by the time the attack hit his location.

None of the leaders were injured.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that they successfully attacked a hangar at a port in Odesa where unmanned boats of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were being prepared.

A Biden administration source told ABC News that it does not appear that Zelensky was the target of the Russian missile attack in Odesa, but said it was certainly a very dangerous and reckless attack.

The attack was “yet another reminder of how Russia continues to recklessly attack Ukraine every day and of Ukraine’s urgent needs, especially for air defense interceptors,” a US National Security Council spokesman said.

At least five people were killed in the Russian attack on Odesa, a Ukrainian navy spokesman said.

“We saw this attack today,” Zelenskyy said at a joint press conference. “You see who we are dealing with, they don’t care where to hit. I know there were casualties today. I don’t know all the details yet, but I know there are deaths, there are injuries.”

ABC News’ Justin Ryan Gomez, Natalia Shumskaia and Natalia Popova contributed to this report.

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