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South Africans in Ukraine urged to leave

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) on Friday appealed to South Africans in war-torn Ukraine to try to leave for neighboring countries.

All this as Russian bombing continued into Ukrainian towns and villages, with tanks approaching the capital Kiev on Friday. Russia’s military attack sparked condemnation from around the world and prompted the US and EU to immediately impose sanctions on Russia.

Residents fled the country and some reached neighboring countries such as Romania and Poland.

According to the UN refugee agencyabout 100,000 people have been displaced since the Russian invasion in the past two days.

Every South African in Ukraine is advised to register by forwarding their passport details to Dirco, the diplomacy chief said. Clayson Monyela

“South Africans still in Ukraine are encouraged to use any available means of transport to travel to a neighboring country. The SA embassy reports that trains in Ukraine are operational.

“Please note that the embassy in Ukraine is still operational. Ambassador Andre Groenewald can be reached via WhatsApp at: +380 50 310 1461. He has contact with South Africans in Ukraine, including SA students,” he said in a statement. tweet

Passport and contact details should be emailed to [email protected] and should include contact details and addresses of relatives back home in South Africa.

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In the meantime, Expats SA reported via a tweet that students were not allowed to board the train and leave because they were foreigners.

The groups of students huddled and sheltered in a subway and were later taken to the train. However, the students were told that foreigners were not allowed on board.

“We hope that an alternative can be found. At the moment they are at a train station with several strangers,” the organization said on its website Twitter account

Earlier, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the United Nations to take the lead in mediation in the conflict. The president said international organizations must work together and mediate between the two countries to end the war.

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