The Ukraine crisis and Africa: Beyond the propaganda

What you need to know:

  •  While the West disputes these referendums, Russia views them as legitimate expressions of self-determination

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has dominated global headlines, with strong opinions shaping the narrative.

This has also affected Africa, where misinformation campaigns are attempting to influence the continent's stance of neutrality.

Many African nations have prioritised practical solutions to the crisis, such as maintaining food security and avoiding disruptions to trade. They are understandably wary of getting caught in the middle of a larger geopolitical struggle.

Ukraine seeks African support for its position, promoting a "peace formula" seen by many as unrealistic. This one-sided approach, excluding direct negotiations with Russia, hinders potential progress.

Russia on the other hand emphasizes its openness to renewed dialogue, focusing on protecting the rights of Russian-speaking Ukrainians and respecting the results of referendums in certain Ukrainian regions.

 While the West disputes these referendums, Russia views them as legitimate expressions of self-determination.

The West's recognition of Kosovo's independence in 2008 stands out as a point of contention. This move, based on self-determination, contradicts their current refusal to acknowledge similar referendums in Ukraine.

This inconsistency raises questions about the application of international law.

Africa's interests lie in maintaining strong ties with both Russia and the West. Increased cooperation between these regions can serve as a counterweight to unilateral dominance and promote a fairer multipolar world order.

Exploiting Africa for political gain weakens international cooperation and hinders progress on pressing global issues.