The long awaited and highly anticipated call between President Cyil Ramaphosa and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy finally took place on Wednesday evening. Zelenskyy announced that a call which lasted for 20 minutes took place with the president of South Africa.
Zelenskyy shared little information on what was shared in the phone call, or whether he asked Ramaphosa to use his close ties with Putin to try and speak to him to end the war. The call comes almost after two months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began and seven weeks since Ramaphosa had a call with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The President of Ukraine tweeted “Had a phone conversation with @CyrilRamaphosa. Told about our resistance to Russian aggression. Discussed the threat of global food crisis, deepening relations with the Republic of South Africa and cooperation within the international organisations.”
Ramaphosa confirmed the call with Ukraine President and tweeted “I had a telephone conversation with President @ZelenskyyUa of Ukraine to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and its tragic human cost, as well as its global ramifications. We agree on the need for a negotiated end to the conflict which has impacted Ukraine’s place in global supply chains, including its position as a major exporter of food to our continent. President Zelenskyy anticipates closer relations with Africa in future.”
Ukrainian ambassador to South Africa believes that the call between the two presidents sends a strong message to Vladimir Putin. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now reaching two months since it began.
Source: News24, Daily Maverick, IOL, Eyewitness News, image from Eyewitness News