Protesters gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Pretoria on Friday, calling on the South African government to stop economic cooperation with Russia following its invasion of Ukraine by President Vladimir Putin.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for mediation and engagement to end the conflict. Demonstrators held up posters and chanted slogans and they called on nations to help put a stop to the Russia’s attack on it’s neighbour.

Protest organiser Anastasia Korpeso expressed her anger over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade.

“When the war breaks out in Europe especially, there is a big chance it will turn into a World War and that will devastate everybody, not just Ukraine, not just Russia, not just Europe. We are sad, we are upset and we are very angry at Putin and at those people who should have but didn’t stop him.”

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