Blast rocks Ukraine's Odesa during visit by Zelenskyy and Greek prime minister

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The sound of a ample detonation reverberated astir nan Ukrainian larboard of Odesa arsenic President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Greece’s premier curate ended a circuit of nan war-ravaged confederate metropolis Wednesday.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said nan delegations were getting into their vehicles erstwhile they heard nan blast, which he called a “vivid reminder” that Odesa is gripped by nan war pinch Russia. It is 1 point to perceive astir nan warfare and “quite different to acquisition warfare firsthand,” Mitsotakis said.

Zelenskyy said nan detonation caused an chartless number of dormant and wounded. “You spot who we’re dealing with, they don’t attraction wherever to hit,” he told reporters.

Russian officials made nary contiguous comment.

Zelenskyy has regularly visited cities and subject units connected nan beforehand statement during nan war, ever successful secrecy until aft he has left. Foreign leaders person made galore trips to Ukraine, and they occasionally person had to return refuge successful shelters erstwhile aerial ambush sirens sound.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned connected X, formerly Twitter, what she called nan “vile attack” during nan Greek visit. She called it a “new effort astatine terror” by Russia.

Zelenskyy showed Mitsotakis astir nan demolition successful Odesa, wherever successful nan astir caller awesome Russian onslaught 12 group — including 5 children — were killed erstwhile debris from a Russian drone deed an flat artifact connected March 2.

Mitsotakis said Odesa held a typical spot successful Greek history arsenic nan spot wherever nan Filiki Etairia statement was founded that fought for Greek independency from Ottoman norm successful nan 19th century.