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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TRIP TO UKRAINE

KYIV – African leaders are predicted in Ukraine on Friday in a self-professed bid to dealer peace between Kyiv and Moscow, notwithstanding three presidents shedding out and Ukraine’s counteroffensive overshadowing the mission.

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Four presidents and three representatives are due to preserve talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv earlier than heading to Saint Petersburg on Saturday to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“It is at instances of escalated struggle that a search for peace ought to be equally accelerated,” South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa stated in a statement.

The high-profile diplomatic group hopes to carry to the desk the voice of a continent that has been badly hit through rising grain costs and the wider affect on international change for the reason that Russia invaded Ukraine final year.

“We are eager to have interaction with them… to see whether or not there is a area to come up with joint efforts that would convey peace in Ukraine closer,” Ukraine’s overseas ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko stated in a statement.

Yet the initiative, the ultra-modern in a flurry of so-far unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to give up the bloodshed, does now not kick off below the fantastic auspices.

Moscow has intensified its nightly assaults on essential Ukrainian cities in latest weeks, whilst Kyiv has launched a most important counteroffensive to reclaim Russian-occupied territory.

“The prerequisites for peaceable and optimistic discussions are no longer there,” a Congolese diplomatic supply informed AFP on Wednesday.

Three leaders — Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso — have pulled out of the trip.

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