President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is hopeful that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will come to an end sooner.
The situation in the Ukraine remains dire with over two million residents having fled the country and high casualty figures, including children, rising.
‘RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO REACH AGREEMENT SOON’
Speaking in Cape Town on Wednesday, Ramaphosa reiterated the need for the conflict to be mediated as it also affects South Africa.
“We are already seeing the impact of the conflict on global commodity prices and, should the conflict continue, we will see its effects on many parts of our economy and in the daily lives of our people.”
Ramaphosa said that he has spoken to President Putin about how this conflict can be mediated and brought to an end.
“We’ve been picking up some positive news and when I spoke to President Putin, I got a sense that we are looking at an agreement possibly in the making soon because he too would like to bring this conflict to an end, and I think the President of Ukraine would also like to do that, and I’m hoping to speak to him as well,” he said.
The President emphasised that it is vital that the international community work with the governments of Russia and Ukraine to end hostilities now and achieve a meaningful and lasting peace.
“Nobody benefits from war, and that war must come to an end soon,” he said.
RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN SA DENIES UKRAINE INVASION
Meanwhile, Alexander Arefiev, press attaché for the Russian Embassy in South Africa, has denied that Russia has invaded Ukraine despite the ongoing conflict.
Arefiev accused the Ukraine of attacking civilians in the Donbass region and claims that Russia was approached by Donetsk and Luhansk for help. Interestingly, the Russian official claims that NATO and Europe had both allegedly turned a blind eye to the situation in the region.
The Russian official claims that this regime had continued to kill citizens with the ‘full support of the West’.
“This is a special military operation, neutralisation and demilitarisation. The Kyiv regime, apparently with impunity and the full support of the West, has continued to kill its own citizens, including Russian citizens that are located in the Donbass region.”