RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE: UKRAINIAN DIPLOMACY, NEW ERA AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR UKRAINE AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Liubov Abravitova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa
Thursday 18 January 1.00 pm COURSE FEES R110; Staff and students R55
The Russian unprovoked war of aggression changed the security architecture of Ukraine, as well as that of Europe and the rest of the world. The disruptions caused by the invasion have been sending shockwaves in the areas of energy and food security. The war is causing humanitarian, social and economic crises, and will fundamentally transform the international order.
We often speak about the strength and resilience of Ukrainian people, and particularly about Ukraine’s army that stands strong against the so-called second largest army in the world.
We should also acknowledge the efforts of Ukrainian diplomacy not only to maintain diplomatic contacts with every country of the world, but to build an even stronger base for bilateral and multilateral relations and cooperation now, and in the future.
Ukraine’s diplomacy during the war time has been transforming and adapting to the new realities and challenges, granting to the people of Ukraine mechanisms and tools for survival. It is looking into the future, after the victory of Ukraine, making sure Ukraine remains a credible and important partner for sustainable development, particularly of the global south.