“The Republic of South Africa is dismayed at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. We regret that the situation has deteriorated despite calls for diplomacy to prevail.
"Armed conflict will no doubt result in human suffering and destruction, the effects of which will not only affect Ukraine, but also reverberate across the world.
"No country is immune to the effects of this conflict,” Dirco said.
It added that diplomacy was needed to avoid further violence and death in the area.
“As a nation birthed through negotiation, SA is always appreciative of the potential dialogue has in averting a crisis and de-escalating conflict.
"In line with our strong commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflict, SA urges all parties to devote increased efforts to diplomacy and to find a solution that will help avert further escalation. The door of diplomacy should never be closed, even as conflict has broken out.”
Dirco and minister Naledi Pandor called on the UN Security Council to “play its role in the search for peace”.
It followed a similar statement on Wednesday, which said: “the world does not need another war, as that will result in death and destruction, hence our call for enhanced diplomacy. All parties have much to gain from a negotiated outcome and much to lose from an unnecessary and violent conflict”.
While many welcomed the government's stance on the conflict, others warned them not to sign SA up for the conflict, saying “we have our own internal problems” and should not be dragged into a war in Europe.