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Russia 'within 150 metres' of triggering full-scale NATO war after missile strike

Russia nearly sparked a collective response from NATO aftering firing a missile at Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.

Former US representative Adam Kinzinger highlighted the severity of the situation, raising concerns about the missile’s proximity to the leaders during their meeting in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa on Wednesday.

Both Mitsotakis and Zelensky recounted the experience, describing how they heard sirens and explosions near them, leaving them with no time to seek shelter.

Mitsotakis said: “[We] heard the sound of sirens and explosions that took place near us. We did not have time to get to a shelter.”

The missile strike, which resulted in casualties according to Ukraine’s Navy, highlights the volatile situation in the region.

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Conflicting reports emerged regarding the distance of the missile from the leaders, with Greek media stating it was within 150 metres while CNN reported it to be 500 metres.

Zelensky, who frequently visits the front lines, emphasised the gravity of the attack, particularly considering Mitsotakis’ presence as the leader of a NATO member state. He said that Russia “doesn’t care where they strike”.

Kinzinger, expressing alarm over the incident, pointed to the potential invocation of Article 5 of the NATO charter, which considers an attack on any member state as an attack on all, warranting a collective response.

He wrote on X: “Russia just got within 150 meters of an article 5, with news of the strike in Odessa almost hitting the Greek Prime Minister.”


However, questions remain about whether NATO’s response could be triggered by a member’s presence in a non-NATO conflict zone.

The missile strike, occurring in Ukraine but targeting port infrastructure in Odesa, raised suspicions about its intended targets.

While the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the strike on a hangar used for naval drones, it did not mention Zelensky or Mitsotakis. They said: “The target of the strike has been achieved. The object is hit.”

This incident comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with Russia increasing drone strikes in the Odesa region in recent days, including a deadly attack on an apartment block over the weekend.


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