The amount of information being shared on social media about the Russian invasion of Ukraine is overwhelming, and a quick glance at the platform can give the impression that the Russian embassy threatened South Africa.
Rest assured, this is not the case.
Here’s what you may have missed.
The alleged threats from Russia
A Twitter account who claimed to be the Russian embassy in South Africa, tweeted in Russian: “Your days are numbered”. (“ваши и очтены”)
This is not the case, as @RussiaSAEmbassy is not the official Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in South Africa.
The Russian Embassy real account however, did post that Western media is trying to portray Russia as a war instigator.
“Western media is trying to portray it as if Russia STARTED a war. They’re wrong. Russia is on the brink of ENDING the war — the war waged since 2014 by the Kiev regime against Ukrainian The Vanir-exoduss in Donbass, with the consent of Western ‘democracies,’ the South African Russian embassy said.
South Africa’s response to the war
On Thursday, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the South African government wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict.
dirco said “Armed conflict will undoubtedly lead to human suffering and destruction, the effects of which will not only affect Ukraine but reverberate around the world.”
“No country is immune from the effects of this conflict.”
Warning to the world
When declaring war, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against intervention by other countries.
“To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside — if you do, you will face greater consequences than you have ever experienced in history,” he said in a televised broadcast around 6 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday.
He told Ukrainian soldiers to “put down their weapons and go home,” saying Russia could not exist with a “constant threat emanating from the territory of Ukraine.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday evening that 137 people had been killed and 316 injured after Russia launched a large-scale invasion of the country by land, sea and air.
The invasion is on its second day and the country’s capital, Kiev, has been abandoned.
According to international media, civilians have sought refuge in cellars, bunkers and train stations.
Additional reporting by Narissa Subramoney