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Sorry, Ukraine, the UN hasn’t united nations in a while

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Sorry, Ukraine, the UN hasn’t united nations in a while

Its weakness is the Security Council, the five permanent members of which have outsize powers and selfish interests

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The UN has been spectacularly absent in most of the recent violent conflicts between countries, showing the global organisation established after World War 2 to prevent such conflicts has lost its credibility, relevance and authority.

The UN was established in 1945 by 51 countries to maintain international peace and security.

Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine shows how the UN, supposed to be the global arbitrator in conflict between countries, has become obsolete. . It has been left to individual country leaders, the EU, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and the G20 to desperately try to end the hostilities...

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