Ukraine Ambassador to South Africa Liubov Abravitova. Photo: Twitter / @lubovabravitova

Ukraine ambassador in SA asks for sanctions – DIRCO says embassy in Kyiv is on hand to help our citizens

Ukraine ambassador to South Africa said the country has asked South Africa to place sanctions on Russia after Thursday’s invasion.


Ukraine Ambassador to South Africa Liubov Abravitova. Photo: Twitter / @lubovabravitova

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine after the Vladimir Putin-led country launched a full-scale invasion on Thursday, 24 February.


Russia launched the invasion soon after DIRCO’s first statement on the matter in which Minister Naledi Pandor expressed her concern about the ongoing tensions between the two nations. She said if the situation deteriorated further it could have regional and global ramifications.

In the second statement, issued on Thursday, the Department called on Russia to withdraw its forces and settle its differences with Ukraine by peaceful means.

“The Republic of South Africa is dismayed at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. We regret that the situation has deteriorated despite calls for diplomacy to prevail.

“Armed conflict will no doubt result in human suffering and destruction, the effects of which will not only affect Ukraine but also reverberate across the world.  No country is immune to the effects of this conflict.”

DIRCO said as a country birthed via negotiation, South Africa appreciates the power dialogue could have in averting crisis and de-escalating conflict and added that “the door of diplomacy should never be closed even as conflict has broken out.”

The Department called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to play a role in the search for peace.

DIRCO said the South African embassy in Kyiv is monitoring developments and is at hand to assist our citizens that are still in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian ambassador to South Africa, Liubov Abravitova, said the country has requested – via diplomatic channels – that South Africa also places sanctions on Russia, in a briefing on Thursday.

Graphic showing major sanctions by western countries against Russia – AFP / AFP