Ukraine: SA students land in JHB – more expected ‘in the coming days’

Ukraine has been under attack by Russia since last week with Russian military officials launching air and missile strikes in cities and military bases.

The attacks have claimed at least 352 lives and more than 1,600 civilians have been injured, but there are fears the figures could be higher, particularly as both nations fail to reach a consensus.

South Africans, including students, have been caught in the crossfire and forced to abandon some of their possessions and flee, especially in light of Russia’s intensified attacks in the Ukrainain capital Kyiv.


According to DIRCO, there are 28 South Africans studying in Ukraine and most of them have managed to evacuate, some even before Russia launched its offensive. Monyela says at least six South Africans are still in Ukraine, while more than 40 others are currently in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

According to Monyela, more South Africans can be expected to arrive back home soon.

“More expected in the coming days,” he said on Twitter.

Kyiv’s mayor says Russia’s troops are closing in on the capital after a long convoy of military vehicles stalled around 20 miles northwest of the city in the early hours of Wednesday. President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier accused Russia of attempting to erase Ukraine’s history and bemoaned the military’s attack on a target at the site of a Holocaust massacre.

Zelensky further called on the Jewish community to make their voices heard, in light of such attacks.

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