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A top UN official told the Security Council that four years after the adoption of the Minsk Agreements, “the conflict in eastern Ukraine is neither dormant, nor frozen. It is a conflict in the heart of Europe which continues to claim victims.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

12 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Ukrainian delegate
4. Wide shot, security council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, United Nations:
“Four years after their adoption, the Minsk Agreements remain the only agreed framework for a negotiated peace in eastern Ukraine. While diplomatic efforts within the Minsk framework continue, the Minsk provisions regrettably remain largely unimplemented, including its key security and political aspects.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, United Nations:
“As consistently highlighted by incidents over the past five years, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is neither dormant, nor frozen. It is a conflict in the heart of Europe which continues to claim victims.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, United Nations:
“There is an urgent need to agree on the additional measures that would make the ceasefire sustainable and irreversible. Without delay, the priority of the parties should be to withdraw heavy weapons from populated areas, disengage forces and protect critical civilian infrastructure.”
10. Wide shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, United Nations:
“The United Nations underlines the need to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”
12. Med shot, president of the Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Civilians continue to pay the highest price. More than 3,300 civilians have been killed, and up to 9,000 injured since the conflict began in 2014. 1.5 million people have been internally displaced.”
14. Med shot, delegates
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The humanitarian consequences are severe. In 2019, 3.5 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection services many of whom are elderly, women and children.”
16. Med shot, Ukrainian delegate
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“In 2018, landmine and explosive hazard explosions caused some 43 per cent of all civilian casualties. I implore all parties to immediately cease using landmine.”
18. Pan left, Security Council delegates

STORYLINE:

During a Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine, a top UN official said, “While diplomatic efforts within the Minsk framework continue, the Minsk provisions regrettably remain largely unimplemented, including its key security and political aspects.”

Briefing Security Council members today (12 Feb) in New York, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, Miroslav Jenca, noted that four years after the adoption of the Minsk Agreements, “the conflict in eastern Ukraine is neither dormant, nor frozen. It is a conflict in the heart of Europe which continues to claim victims.”

He added, “There is an urgent need to agree on the additional measures that would make the ceasefire sustainable and irreversible. Without delay, the priority of the parties should be to withdraw heavy weapons from populated areas, disengage forces and protect critical civilian infrastructure.”

Jenca stressed the United Nations’ call for swift progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. He also said, “The United Nations underlines the need to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”

Jenca urged all parties to demonstrate the necessary political will to ensure the earliest possible end to the conflict and help bring about peace and stability in all of Ukraine.

Also speaking at the Council, Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, “Civilians continue to pay the highest price. More than 3,300 civilians have been killed, and up to 9,000 injured since the conflict began in 2014. 1.5 million people have been internally displaced.”

She stressed that the humanitarian consequences were “severe,” adding that in 2019, 3.5 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection services many of whom are elderly, women and children. Mueller noted that for most of them, the impact of the conflict had deepened.

Mueller called on the Government of Ukraine to adopt a national mine-action framework. She also said, “In 2018, landmine and explosive hazard explosions caused some 43 per cent of all civilian casualties. I implore all parties to immediately cease using landmine.”

According to the UN’s humanitarian expert, this year (USD) 162 million will be required to provide aid to 2.3 million people, through the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan. The Plan focuses on protection of affected people, and on restoring their access to livelihoods, essential services and critical structures.
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