African peace mission faces test in battle-weary Ukraine – Food & War

A new air raid struck simultaneously in Kyiv, underscoring the complexity of the challenge. The African delegation flew to Saint Petersburg the next day where Russia’s top international economic conference was taking place, and met with Mr. Putin on Saturday, June 17.

African peace delegation - Kyiv, June 16, 2023 Kyiv, June 26.– A delegation of African leaders arrived in Ukraine on June 16th to attempt mediation for the ongoing war while securing food and fertilizer for their continent. A new air raid struck simultaneously in Kyiv, underscoring the complexity of the challenge.

A delegation of leaders and senior officials from Africa arrived in Ukraine seeking ways to end the invaded country’s nearly 16-month war with Russia and to ensure food and fertilizer deliveries to their continent, though an air raid in Kyiv on the same day of their arrival provided a reminder of the challenges they face.

African delegation attend a commemoration ceremony in BuchaThe delegation including the presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Zambia, and the Comoros Islands first went to Bucha.

Officials who helped lay the groundwork for the delegation’s talks said the African leaders not only aimed to initiate a peace process but also to assess how Russia, which is under heavy international sanctions, can be paid for fertilizer exports that Africa desperately needs.
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