South African President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed today (Tuesday) the intention of a delegation of African leaders to discuss a possible peace plan to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, stressing that he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky, and that both of them were ready to receive the mission.
“My discussions with the two leaders showed their willingness to receive African leaders and have a discussion about ways to end this conflict,” Ramaphosa said during a brief press briefing with the Singapore prime minister. “The chances of success of this will depend on the discussions that take place.”
He pointed out that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, was briefed on the peace initiative supported by a number of African presidents, including the presidents of Senegal, Uganda and Egypt, noting that it is difficult to predict the outcome of that peace plan.
Simultaneously, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that it had destroyed the US-made Patriot defense system in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, with a Kinjal hypersonic missile, according to the Russian agency, Interfax.
It added that it had launched air and sea strikes with high accuracy on Ukrainian units and ammunition depots, and that the strikes had achieved their goals.
In the same context, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed today that many questions still need to be addressed before extending the agreement that allows the export of Ukrainian grain by sea, under which Moscow threatened to stop working as of (Wednesday).
On the other hand, the Ukrainian armed forces announced today the shooting down of 18 missiles of various types, launched by Russia at night towards a number of regions in Ukraine, while Ukrainian officials confirm that explosions occurred in several neighborhoods of the capital, Kiev, in the early hours of the day without providing information about the extent of damage and potential losses.