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SA woman trapped in Ukraine takes to Twitter to ask for help



A South African woman from Ukraine took to Twitter begging for help as the Russian attack on the country continued.

The rocket attacks rained down on parts of Ukraine on the second day of the Russian war.

Due to bombings that spread over several cities on Friday, Ukrainians sought shelter in bunkers and cellars.

More Russian tanks moved into the former Soviet country and faced massive attacks on land, sea and air.

Vutlhari, with username Vuvu-M2said she and fellow South Africans were terrified after being awakened by the deafening sounds of missiles and forced to leave her home.

“We have exhausted all possibilities for ourselves to evacuate under our own power as air and land travel has been suspended. We beg you all to share this message so that it gets to the right authorities,” she tweeted, tagging South African authorities and media.

They were advised to take shelter in running subways to protect themselves from the bombing, she added.

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Head of diplomacy at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Clayson Monyela said the government was trying to get the South Africans to safety.

“Our embassy has a database of South Africans in Ukraine (no more than 250). We are in touch with all of them. We are working closely with the Nigerian embassy to help other Africans as well,” he tweeted on Thursday.

A hotline has been set up to provide assistance to those stranded in the war-torn country.

According to South Africa Expats on Friday, students were 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 on Friday.

The South African government on Thursday called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately stop the military attackscalling for respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence.

“We regret that the situation has deteriorated despite the call for diplomacy,” said DIRCO, also emphasizing that no country is immune from the effects of this conflict.

“As the United Nations Secretary-General has indicated, the conflict will have a huge impact on the global economy at a time when we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and so many developing countries need room for recovery.

“We urge all parties to approach the situation in a spirit of compromise, with all parties respecting international law.

“In light of the escalating conflict, we call on all sides to resume diplomatic efforts to resolve the concerns expressed by Russia,” he said. Dirco Minister Naledi Pandor

South Africans detained in Ukraine can call the following hotline for help and advice: (+48) 47 721 75 75

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