Image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook early Saturday, March 12, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)


Having recently tendered his request to address the African Union (AU), Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have not shown any signs of relent in his quest to foster relations with the African continent.

With some African nations extending ties to Russia lately, analysts fear having a collective support of the AU may be unattenable for Ukraine.

Zelenskyy’s second request which was later rejected, had earlier been confirmed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Mr Faki had received a call from the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, who relayed President Zelenskyy’s second attempt to address the African Union.

“I received a call from Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He renewed a request from President Zelensky to address the African Union Heads of State,” he said.

Furthermore, the AU chairperson spoke keenly on the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia; stating the need for solutions and peace between both countries.

Recall that Ukraine President Zelenskyy had reached out to Macky Sall, the President of Senegal, in a bid to address African leaders few days ago.

Experts have now said that Zelenskyy’s renewed interest was due to the divided voting choices of African nations in the United Nations resolution; aimed at deploring Russia’s invasion.

The resolution was held last month with 193 member states of the UN partaking. However, it ended with only 141 countries supporting the motion.

Some African countries who failed to vote in favor of the resolution are Algeria, South Africa and Angola. Fourteen other nations in the continent also failed to announce their choice.

A total of 28 countries out of 54 African states had voted in favor of the resolution — with Eritrea voting against the UN resolution. The only African nation to do so

President Zelenskyy has however addressed other parliaments around the world, including the United States Congress, British House of Commons, and European Union.

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