Planes With Aid for Ukraine Loaded at Athens Airport

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
March 1, 2022 Updated: March 1, 2022

Two planes carrying humanitarian aid for Ukrainians left Athens International Airport on Sunday, bound for Poland.

They carried items such as blankets and food, from the Greek armed forces, officials said.

Greece is also sending ammunition, rifles, and missile launchers to Ukraine with military cargo planes, officials said.

“Responding to a request by Ukraine and in consultation with its NATO allies and its EU partners, and showing its solidarity with the suffering Greek people, Greece will send, within the day, defense equipment,” a government statement said.

The military aid was decided at a meeting earlier on Sunday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, and Chief of the National Defense General Staff Gen. Konstantinos Floros.

Two C-130 planes with the equipment have left a military airport west of Athens bound for Poland.

The first of them is already at Rzeszow-Jasionka airport in Poland, unloading, and the second will arrive later, a Defense Ministry official told the Associated Press.

In Athens, hundreds of Ukrainians have gathered in the city center to protest the invasion.

This is the fourth day of protests against Russia’s invasion by Ukrainians living in the country.