Ukraine calls for the exclusion of Russia from the United Nations

Ukraine on Monday called for Russia’s exclusion from the United Nations, more than ten months after Russian forces began invading, a demand with little chance of success as Moscow has veto power in the UN Security Council.

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“Ukraine calls on the member states of the United Nations (…) to deprive the Russian Federation of its status as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and to exclude it from the United Nations as a whole,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

According to the Ukrainian diplomat, Russia “illegally occupies the seat of the Soviet Union in the United Nations Security Council” since 1991 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union into 15 new states.

The Ukrainian ministry said that “Russia usurped the seat” of the Soviet Union in the United Nations.

“These three decades of illegal presence in the UN were marked by wars, the seizure of territory from other countries, the forced change of internationally recognized borders and attempts to satisfy its new imperial ambitions,” Kyiv also lamented in this version.

In his tweet, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba criticized him, stating that “Russia’s presence in the Security Council and in the United Nations as a whole is illegitimate.”

Kyiv has been confronting the Russian fleet on the ground for ten months, and since 2014 it has already faced pro-Russian separatists, backed and armed by Moscow, in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.

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Ukraine announced on Monday that it would start a “complex process”, in which Russia has veto power in the UN Security Council which can block any decision made by another member state in this forum.

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