Ukraine war: Explosions hit Odesa as Zelensky meets Greek PM

Deadly explosions rocked Ukraine’s southern port city of Odesa as President Volodymyr Zelensky met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The Ukrainian navy says five people have been killed. The BBC has learned that no one from either delegation was injured.

Mr Mitsotakis said the pair heard the sound of sirens and explosions.

Russia said it attacked a maritime drone facility in a commercial port area of ​​the city in an attack on Wednesday.

President Zelensky accused Russia of “not caring who they target”, saying that Moscow has “either gone crazy or they have no control over what their terrorist army does”.

At a joint press conference, the Greek Prime Minister said: “We heard the sound of sirens and explosions happening near us. We did not have time to go to a shelter.”

“It’s a very intense experience… It’s very different to read about the war in the newspaper, hear it with your own ears and see it with your own eyes,” he added.

Zelenskiy said there had been “deaths and injuries” in the strike, but said he did not have exact figures.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it had successfully attacked a hangar housing Ukrainian naval drones. It was not immediately clear whether Moscow was referring to the same explosions the two leaders referred to.

“The goal is reached. The goal has been achieved,” the ministry said in a statement.

The BBC could not independently verify this claim.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a social media post that she strongly condemned “the vicious attack on Odesa” during the leaders’ visit.

During their meeting in the city on Wednesday, Mr Zelensky and Mr Mitsoutakis visited the house damaged in the attack.

“My presence here reflects the respect of the entire free world for your people and underlines Greece’s commitment to remain by your side,” Mitsotakis told the Ukrainian president.

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Volodymyr Zelensky and Kyriakos Mitsotaki visited the house damaged in the attack on Saturday

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