Ukraine has sent a special message of gratitude to Kenya for its involvement in ending the conflict with Russia.
On Tuesday, July 19, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Kenya, Andriy Pravednyk, explained that when Ukraine was torn apart by Russia's offensive, Kenya lobbied other world leaders to call for a ceasefire.
Andriy appreciated a statement by Ambassador Martin Kimani, Kenya's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, which shaped the scope of negotiations.Ukraine's Ambassador to Kenya, Andriy PravednykFile
"I would like to express our gratitude to Kenya for being so supportive within the realm of international organisations.
"Most of your heard the statement delivered by Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Kimani, which showed Kenya's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Ambassador remarked.
On February 21, Kimani affirmed that Kenya strongly opposed Russia's undermining of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In his speech, the Ambassador raised grave concerns over Russia recognising the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as independent states, arguing that this was equivalent to leading to a full-blown conflict.
"In our considered view, this action and announcement breach the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Kimani stated.
The Ambassador further detailed that Ukraine is in the advanced stages of resuming exporting goods such as fuel and grains to Kenya.
He apologised to African students who were mistreated during the rescue mission.
"I have to be honest with you, few occasions African students were treated in not the right way. First of all, I would like to apologise for that."
On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014.
It caused Europe's largest refugee crisis since World War II, with more than 9.1 million Ukrainians fleeing the country and a third of the population getting displaced.Russian President Vladimir Putin meets former President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 24, 2019.State House Kenyaukraine russia
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