South African ambassador, family flee Ukraine


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South African ambassador to Ukraine André Groenewald has fled the East African country as the widely condemned Russian invasion of its neighbour intensified.

He was joined by several more diplomats from other African countries who are also fleeing the country.

Speaking to South African media, Groenewald said he was travelling with his wife and three sons in a motor convoy.

The convoy had passed Urman and things had changed quickly on the ground.


“As diplomatic communities in Kyiv, we are opening a humanitarian corridor to move out of the city,” he said.

He was travelling with the Nigerian ambassador and diplomats from other countries.

“We have moved out of Kyiv. It is too dangerous in Kyiv. Our idea was to move to Moldova or Romania. We are now considering looking at other options.”


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