Explosion Rocks Zelensky, Greek PM’s Motorcade In Suspected  Putin Assassination Plot


LAGOS MARCH 7TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Volodymyr Zelensky was targeted by alleged Russian missile strike during a visit to Odesa in what appears to have been an attempt to assassinate the Ukrainian President.

Mr Zelensky’s motorcade, which was 150 metres from that of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was attacked by what is believed to have been a ballistic missile at 11.43am, according to local media.

State Minister Stavros Papastavrou, who is in the Greek mission, said: “There is no issue with the security of the Prime Minister and the Greek mission. We are all fine.”

Mr Zelensky was also uninjured and the meeting between the two took place as normal.

They later held a press conference that was not broadcast live for security reasons.

A picture from the scene showed black clouds rising over Odesa.

In remarks attributed to Mr Mitsotakis on Telegram, he said: “President Zelensky and his staff showed and explained to us the importance of the port and what is being done to restore and strengthen the Ukrainian sea route and what damage he experienced during the attacks.

“Already at the very end we heard the sound of sirens and explosions that were very close to us.”

One video clip shared on X featured the sound of a large explosion at which point loud sirens can be heard.

The poster comments: “Powerful explosion in Odessa, where the Prime Minister of Greece was supposed to meet with Zelensky.”

Navy spokesman Captain Dmytro Pletenchuk, speaking to Ukrainian Pravda, said: “On March 6, the enemy struck the port infrastructure of the city. Five people were killed. Investigations are underway, all the circumstances of yet another war crime of the Russian Federation are being established.”

The missile attack came just hours after the port was targeted by multiple drone strikes.

Mr Mitsotakis told the press conference the delegations were getting into their vehicles when they heard the blast, which he called a “vivid reminder” that Odesa is gripped by the war with Russia with Russia. It is one thing to hear about the war and “quite another to experience war firsthand,” Mr Mitsotakis added.

Mr Zelensky said the explosion caused an unknown number of dead and wounded. “You see who we’re dealing with, they don’t care where to hit,” he told reporters.


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