South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is amongst a gaggle of African leaders in Ukraine on a peace mission.
The presidents of Zambia, Senegal, Comoros, South Africa and Egypt’s prime minister are there, alongside senior officers from Uganda and Congo-Brazzaville.
They met President Zelenskyy and are anticipated to journey to Russia for a gathering with President Putin on Saturday.
After assembly the delegation, Mr Zelenskyy reiterated that peace talks would solely be doable when Russia pulls out of occupied areas.
Mr Ramaphosa stated the leaders had been “right here to share the African perspective” as he urged a de-escalation on either side and stated the sovereignty of nations needs to be revered.
He additionally known as for extra prisoner swaps and stated displaced youngsters needs to be returned to their houses.
The Ukrainian president stated he wished to carry a Ukraine-Africa summit and hoped to have nearer relations with the continent.
Earlier, the delegation positioned candles at a mass grave close to St Andrew’s Church in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Bucha is the location of one of many worst-known massacres of the struggle, with Russian troops killing a whole bunch of civilians there final 12 months.
An air raid siren additionally rang out throughout the group’s go to to Kyiv and Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated an explosion had been reported within the Podilskiy district.
“Russian missiles are a message to Africa: Russia needs extra struggle, not peace,” tweeted Ukrainian overseas minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The Ukrainian air power stated it downed six Russian Kalibr cruise missiles, six Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles and two reconnaissance drones – however didn’t say the place they had been destroyed.
Peace shouldn’t be the one matter on the agenda for the African leaders, nevertheless.
Officers additionally need to look at how Russia will be paid for fertiliser exports it desperately wants – regardless of sanctions towards Moscow.
They’re additionally taking a look at getting extra very important grain shipments out of Ukraine.
Mr Ramaphosa stated after his assembly with Mr Zelenskyy that there needs to be a gap up of logistics for each grain and fertiliser.
The delegation seem to have cut up allegiances, nevertheless.
South Africa, Senegal and Uganda have prevented criticising Moscow; whereas Zambia, Egypt and Comoros final 12 months voted towards Russia in a UN decision condemning the invasion.
“Life is common, and we should shield lives – Ukrainian lives, Russian lives, international lives,” stated Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on the Ukraine go to.
“Instability anyplace is instability in every single place.”