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

On Friday, more Russian tanks entered the former Soviet country, facing massive attacks on land, sea and air.

Missile strikes rained down in parts of Ukraine on the second day of the Russian war. The shelling spread to several towns, prompting Ukrainians to seek refuge in bunkers and basements.

Addressing a government forum on the disputes on Friday, Ramaphosa urged the United Nations (UN) to intervene through talks.

“Conflict should be mediated, negotiated and engaged. It is not necessary for people to wage war, for people to be killed and for infrastructure to be damaged.

“It looks like countries, especially the UN Security Council, should engage on this, but we don’t see that happening… we don’t see full engagement. This should happen to end hostilities.

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South Africans in Ukraine have taken to social media, asking authorities for help. This after they were woken up by sound bombs, leaving them with no choice but to abandon their homes.

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South African expats tweeted on Friday that students from Eastern Europe were being moved to safety.

“They left the subway they had sheltered under last night to board a free train that left their neighborhood in the early hours of the morning,” the newspaper read. Tweeter.

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

Meanwhile, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has assured the South African public that the government is helping stranded Ukrainian citizens by bringing them to safety.

Foreign Minister Clayson Monyela said the Ukrainian embassy 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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