The presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, have reportedly agreed to meet with a delegation of African leaders representing a “peace mission” aimed at resolving the conflict between the two countries.
The announcement was made by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, who said he had discussed the matter in a call with Putin and Zelenskyy.
“The two presidents have agreed to meet with the delegation of African leaders who will constitute the peace mission, and I am confident that this peace mission will be able to make a meaningful contribution towards the resolution of the conflict,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.
He also said that the African Union would provide additional support for the peace mission.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Despite numerous attempts at negotiations, the conflict has yet to be resolved.
It remains unclear which African leaders will be part of the mission, or when the meeting between Putin and Zelenskyy will take place.