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Russia-Ukraine War Needs Mediation, Ramaphosa Says



President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on international organizations to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and end the devastating conflict.

On Friday, more Russian tanks moved into the former Soviet country, where massive land, sea and air attacks were carried out.

The rocket attacks rained down on parts of Ukraine on the second day of the Russian war. Bombings spread across several cities, forcing Ukrainians to take shelter in bunkers and cellars.

Speaking at a government disputes forum Friday, Ramaphosa urged the… United Nations (UN) to intervene through talks.

“The conflict must be subject to mediation, negotiation and engagement. There is no need for people to wage war, for people to be killed and for infrastructure to be damaged.

“It oversees countries, especially the UN Security Council should be on this, but they don’t see that happening… they don’t see full engagement. This should be done to end hostilities.”

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South Africans in Ukraine took to social media, authorities for help. This after they were awakened by loud bombs, leaving them no choice but to leave their homes.

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South Africa Expats tweeted Friday that students in Eastern Europe are being taken to safety.

“They left the subway they were hiding under last night to board a free train leaving their area in the early morning hours,” the paper reads. tweet

In neighboring Poland, South Africans have opened their homes there to welcome those leaving war-torn Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has assured the South African public that the government was helping stranded civilians in Ukraine by bringing them to safety.

Diplomacy chief Clayson Monyela said the embassy in Ukraine had a database of at least 250 South Africans and was in contact with them.

The embassy also helps students from other African countries.

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