Ukraine to sit alongside Russia on UN Security Council; 4 other countries also win seats

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Ukraine has won a seat on the U.N. Security Council, giving the country a new platform to spar diplomatically with permanent member Russia.

Four other countries — Egypt, Japan, Senegal and Uruguay — were also elected to the council. All five countries were unopposed in their bids for the non-permanent seats.

In addition to possible fireworks between Ukraine and Russia, there could be clashes between Japan and rival China, also a permanent member, as well as with Russia. Japan has territorial disputes with both countries.