Ukraine is among five new nations to be elected as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, setting the Kiev administration up to diplomatically take on rival state Russia, a permanent member, over the crisis in eastern Ukraine on the world stage.
Egypt, Japan, Senegal and Uruguay will also participate as non-permanent members of the council after being elected by the UN General Assembly on Thursday, replacing Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria when their term expires on Jan. 1.
The new members will join the council’s five permanent, veto-wielding powers the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. All five states ran unopposed and will serve a two-year term.
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Russia, which was described as an “aggressor” by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin earlier this week over its support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, is yet to comment on the level of dialogue in plans to have with Ukraine on the world’s top security platform.
“For the first time, we have an absolutely unique and unimaginable situation…that a permanent member of the Security Council is an aggressor in Ukraine, waging a hybrid war against Ukraine,” Klimkin said.
The two nations have been at loggerheads since the spring of 2014, when Russia annexed the breakaway Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, following the fall of Kiev’s pro-Russian government in February of that year.
Ukraine’s then-president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country after months of violent anti-government protests in Kiev’s Euromaidan Square, which started when the government buckled Russian pressure and refused to accept an EU bailout.
Russia has also been supporting rebels in the east of the country who have declared self-proclaimed republics in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. Despite a ceasefire deal signed by both sides in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February, sporadic clashes continue as tensions still run high.