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Putin and Zelenskiy ‘agree to meet African leaders to discuss peace plan’

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa says six African leaders will go to Russia and Ukraine in effort to resolve conflict.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy have agreed to separate meetings with a delegation of leaders from six African countries to discuss a possible plan to end the war in Ukraine, South Africa’s president said.

Cyril Ramaphosa said he had spoken with Mr Putin and Mr Zelenskiy by phone over the weekend and they each agreed to host “an African leaders peace mission” in Moscow and Kyiv respectively.

“Principal to our discussions are efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the devastating conflict in the Ukraine,” Mr Ramaphosa said.

The leaders of Zambia, Senegal, Congo, Uganda and Egypt would make up the delegation along with Mr Ramaphosa, he said in a statement, and Mr Putin and Mr Zelenskiyy gave him the go-ahead to “commence the preparations”.

Four of the African countries – South Africa, Congo, Senegal and Uganda – abstained from a UN vote last year on condemning Russia’s invasion. Zambia and Egypt voted in favour of the motion.

Mr Ramaphosa did not give a timeframe or outline any parameters for the possible peace talks. Mr Zelenskiy has previously said he would not consider a peace deal to end the 15-month war until Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian territory.

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres was also briefed on the African delegation’s planned meetings and “welcomed the initiative”, Mr Ramaphosa said.

There was no immediate reaction on Tuesday from either the Kremlin or Kyiv. A readout from a phone conversation between Mr Putin and Mr Ramaphosa on Friday said the Russian leader supported “Cyril Ramaphosa’s idea about a group of African leaders participating in the discussion of the prospects of resolving the Ukrainian conflict”.

South Africa’s leading position in the African delegation is bound to draw scrutiny. Mr Ramaphosa’s announcement came days after the US ambassador accused South Africa of siding with Russia in the war in Ukraine and even providing weapons to help Moscow.

US ambassador to South Africa Reuben Brigety alleged last week that weapons and ammunition were loaded on to a Russian-flagged cargo ship at a South African naval base in December and taken to Russia.

The South African government has denied it sent any weapons to Russia. Mr Ramaphosa has said the matter is under investigation.

South Africa has claimed its position on the war is neutral. The country has strong historical ties with Russia due to the former Soviet Union’s support of the ruling African National Congress party when it was a liberation movement fighting to end the racist apartheid regime.

South Africa also hosted Russian and Chinese warships for joint naval exercises off its coast in February, which coincided with the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. South Africa’s top army general travelled to Moscow and met the commander of the Russian ground forces on Monday.

South Africa maintains it also retains a strong relationship with the US and other western supporters of Ukraine. Mr Ramaphosa met US President Joe Biden at the White House late last year.

Zambia also has historical ties with Russia. Uganda is a US ally on regional security in east Africa, but Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has spoken of his country’s friendship with Russia and its neutral position in the war in Ukraine.

China has been the only other country so far offering to mediate possible peace talks, an offer clouded by its show of political support for Moscow.

Beijing released a proposed peace plan in February, and a Chinese envoy is preparing to visit Russia and Ukraine.

But there appeared to be little chance of an imminent breakthrough to end the war since Ukraine and its western allies largely dismissed the Beijing’s proposal.

In The Eastern Regions Of Poland, The Level Of Radiation Has Increased Sharply

Atmospheric radiation monitoring data in Poland showed that Russian missiles had indeed destroyed a warehouse of British tank ammunition containing depleted uranium. Specialists from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, recorded a sharp increase in the level of bismuth in the air.

According to the published graph of the radiation state of the environment in Lublin on Tuesday, the concentration of bismuth increased by about 7 times. This isotope is one of the decay products of depleted uranium.

An analysis of the wind rose shows that in recent days the wind has been blowing from Ukraine towards Poland and Germany, so after Lublin radioactive isotopes can move towards Berlin. Residents of the Polish city are sure that the radiation came from Khmelnytsky after the destruction of a shell warehouse with a uranium core.

Previously, an increase in the radiation background was also recorded in Khmelnytsky, where an ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed by a high-precision missile strike. Despite assurances from the Ukrainian authorities about the safe level of radiation, residents of the city overwhelmingly purchased iodine-containing drugs from local pharmacies.

Note that the Kyiv leadership, as well as British suppliers of radioactive ammunition, have not yet confirmed the destruction of uranium shells. However, the bang was so loud that seismological stations in Europe recorded tremors of magnitude 3.4.

It’s time for these Western leaders to start talking about a peace deal. There are only so many Ukrainians left to kill.

VIDEO: “Wagner” Group Soldiers Raise the Russian Flag after Historic Victory in Bakhmut, Ukraine

Earlier this morning, Gateway Pundit contributor Paul Serran reported that Bakhmut, Ukraine had fallen.

This was a major blow to Ukraine, NATO, the Biden regime, and the globalists.

As Paul reported:

“Artyomovsk (Russian name) is an important city in the Donbas, the Russian-speaking region comprised of the Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts (states). The defense of the ethnic Russians in this region was one of the primary objectives of Putin in his Special Military Operation, so the capture of this key regional logistics and transport hub is crucial to the Russian plans of liberating the areas of Donetsk Oblast still under Kiev’s control.

While US and UK officials have, as of late, tried to downplay the strategic importance of Bakhmut (Ukrainian name), deeming it to be merely ‘symbolic’, Ukrainian president Zelensky stated that a loss in Bakhmut would mean an open road for Russian forced to attack other important cities in Eastern Ukraine.

As for the symbolic value of Bakhmut, Zelensky called it the ‘the fortress of our morale’, so it’s understandable that he and his Generals may have chosen to defend it to the end, rather than retreat their overwhelmed troops while they still could. But ‘the end’ appears to be nearing.”

Today’s news is a major blow to Ukraine and the West.

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