Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Ukraine was established in 1991 to facilitate among others economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries. Prior to the establishment of the Embassy in Kiev, the Ambassador of Malaysia based in Warsaw was concurrently accredited to Ukraine. In September 2004, Malaysia upgraded its representation in Ukraine with the appointment of resident Ambassador in Kiev. Since the establishment of the Embassy in Kiev, bilateral relations between Malaysia and Ukraine have been warm and cordial. At present, bilateral relations are dominated by issues on education, defence, trade, tourism and consular affairs.