Too Close for Comfort: Missile Explosion Near Zelenskyy Meeting

( – Russian missiles struck dangerously close to a location where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis were meeting in Odessa, on Wednesday, March 6. The ballistic weapon exploded roughly 100 yards from where the two leaders were; neither of the men were injured in the attack.

One source called the strike “the closest call ever” for Zelenskyy, excluding excursions to the front lines. Zelenskyy was giving Mitsotakis a tour of the port, and as they were leaving the air raid sirens alerted just as the men were getting into their vehicles. Moments later, missiles struck the port.

Authorities discussing the matter suggested the strike was not an intentional targeting of the European leaders, but rather standard bombing of regular targets, according to a Ukrainian military representative’s statement after the strike.

Zelenskyy’s plans were not announced in advance, but his location was known publicly by the time the strike occurred.

Russian Defense officials said they hit a hangar in Odessa where the Ukrainian navy stores its unmanned boats and other aquatic drones.

Biden’s representative called the attack dangerous and reckless and agreed that it did not seem like an attempted assassination, but rather a typical military strike against a strategic target.

Ukrainian officials relayed that five people died in the attack. Zelenskyy gave comments later suggesting that the Russians “don’t care where” they hit. He highlighted that there were dead and wounded as a result of the strike, as typically happens during a hot war.

Ukraine has been struggling to continue the conflict as international support from European and American leaders is beginning to flounder. A crucial $95 billion international aid bill with $60 billion in continued support for Ukraine has stalled in the American Congress after conservatives expressed frustration with endless funding of foreign wars while the southern border remains effectively open.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has suggested there will not be any more funding of the war in Ukraine until the southern border crisis is properly resolved.

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