West African International Bloc Condemns Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

The West African regional bloc Ecowas has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement it urged both parties to agree to a ceasefire and to resolve the crisis through dialogue.

Ecowas also called on the two countries to ensure the safety of Africans living in Ukraine.

Its statement came as Russia and Ukraine began face-to-face talks for the first time since Russian forces entered Ukraine five days ago.

Ukraine's delegates have said they want an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of troops from their territory; Russia's negotiators have talked of a deal that's in the interests of both sides.

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