The Greek Consul General in Mariupol, Manolis Androulakis, who helped facilitate the evacuation of ethnic Greeks and nationals from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, described the horrors he witnessed during the bombardment of the city.
Androulakis arrived in Athens on Sunday evening, following a complex operation that began on Tuesday to evacuate him from Ukraine.
In statements at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, Androulakis said the priority was to push for a ceasefire “because right now civilians are being hit randomly and uncontrollably. “.
He was met at the airport by his wife, young son, father and Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis, responsible for Greeks in the Diaspora, who represented Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. Also present was the Secretary General of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Themistoklis Demiris.
Describing his heartbreaking experience “watching the collection of body parts“, he said Greek diplomats in Ukraine tried to rescue as many of the Greek minority as possible in the country. “Mariupol will become an entry on a list of cities destroyed by war,” he noted, “because all infrastructure was destroyed in 24 hours. Mariupol is Guernica, Grozny, Velingrad, Aleppo.
Androulakis thanked the Greek President, Prime Minister, Dendias, the Greek Consul General in Odessa and the Secretaries General of Ministries who helped bring him back. He also thanked the office of Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky, who helped with the evacuation, the Ukrainian Embassy in Athens, the OSCE group with which he traveled and two unknown families who hosted him in leaving Ukraine.
He was the last European diplomat remaining in the Mariupol region and said he had worked to help the diaspora until the time of his departure.
Deputy Minister Katsaniotis thanked him on behalf of the Greek government and all Greeks and his colleagues from other cities who have worked to help civilians in Ukraine, and said that the Greek government continues to work with the international agencies for the protection of civilians in the country.