The Ukrainian Association of South Africa calls on the government to halt economic cooperation with Russia, because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Members of the Ukrainian community in Cape Town have demonstrated outside parliament, calling attention to their cause.
Supporters of Ukraine protesting outside parliament chanted slogans such as, “Help Ukraine” and “Stop the war.” Some of them also carried posters saying, “Ukraine, we stand with you” and “Stop Putin!” They called on the government to openly condemn Russia’s acts of aggression against Ukraine.
President of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa, Olesya Loubser, says she is calling for peace.
“We call on Ukrainians and South Africans to support the call for peace in our country, because everyone knows that terrible things have happened, starting Thursday. We call it aggression, by the Russian Federation and we are calling for peace. We are calling for peace. also for the South African government to support, condemn the action of the Russian Federation and support the peace solution.
The protesters say they are protesting to show solidarity and support with the people of their country.
“I feel very helpless and completely devastated. I wish I could fight with them,” said one of the protesters.
“We did not invite Russia to Ukraine. Why did they come to bomb all the big cities (sic). We all pray, even ask to stop, stop war,” said another protester.
“It breaks my heart. Y family, my friends are suffering in my country in Ukraine that is being attacked by the Russians,” says another protester.
The United Nations says more than 660,000 people are now known to have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
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Ukrainian Association of South Africa calls on government to halt economic cooperation with Russia – SABC News
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