UN / UKRAINE POROSHENKO

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted a petition to UN chief Antonio Guterres signed by “thousands and thousands of Ukrainians” appealing for him to “press on Moscow to release the Ukrainian crew members” detained by Russia near the Kerch Strait in November of last year. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, Poroshenko and Guterres walking into meeting room
3. Med shot, Poroshenko and Guterres standing for photo op
4. Zoom out, Poroshenko signing book
5. Close up, Guterres at meeting
6. Wide shot, Poroshenko handing petition over to UN Secretary-General Guterres
7. Zoom out, meeting
8. Wide shot, Poroshenko walking in General Assembly Hall
9. Wide shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, President, Ukraine:
“Today I brought with myself an appeal to the Secretary General to press on Moscow to release the Ukrainian crew members. It was signed by thousands and thousands of Ukrainians during just the last few days. And I speak on behalf of all of them. And I sincerely, ladies and gentlemen, we sincerely count on your support.”
11. Various shots, Poroshenko displaying petition to General Assembly
12. Wide shot, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, President, Ukraine:
“I stand here today to let you know that we will not let lies prevail. We will fight tooth and nail to prevent any and all attempts to present the Russian aggressive behaviour towards my country as anything else but what they actually are - a war waged in plain sight of the international community.”
14. Wide shot, Poroshenko addressing General Assembly
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, President, Ukraine:
“Maybe it is time to put Russia in its place - start with depriving it of its veto right, at least when it comes to issues related to the Russian Federation itself against Ukraine? What else could we do in order to bring peace to Ukraine and find a long-lasting solution to the Russian aggression?”
16. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, President, Ukraine:
“The Russian Federation distorted the very idea and objectives of a peacekeeping operation in Ukraine. And I am still a strong believer that a UN-mandated multinational peacekeeping operation with a clear objective to end the Russian aggression and to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity could be a decisive factor in bringing peace to Donbas. We are ready for the constructive discussion of this initiative.”
18. Wide shot, Russian ambassador walking to podium
19. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Today, it’s very fashionable to say that it’s highly likely that Russia is guilty of anything. No proof is needed for any of this. But, now this idea and statement is now a further part of President Porochenko’s election campaign, which began long ago here in the walls of the General Assembly. Really, the real barrier on the path to the peace in Ukraine is the Kiev’s authorities lies and glaring reluctance to implement the Minsk Agreements and even more specifically is Kiev’s reluctance to have a dialogue with its own people.”
20. Wide shot, Russian ambassador leaving

STORYLINE:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted a petition to UN chief Antonio Guterres signed by “thousands and thousands of Ukrainians” appealing for him to “press on Moscow to release the Ukrainian crew members” detained by Russia near the Kerch Strait in November of last year.

Earlier today (20 Feb), Poroshenko addressed the UN General Assembly and asked for countries’ support to secure the Ukrainian Navy crew’s release. The Ukrainian President said today marked the fifth anniversary of “Russian aggression” against his country, which has led to the dead of 13,000 and the injury of some 28,000 people. He stressed that Ukraine would “not let lies prevail” adding, “We will fight tooth and nail to prevent any and all attempts to present the Russian aggressive behaviour towards my country as anything else but what they actually are - a war waged in plain sight of the international community.”

The Ukrainian President said there was no crisis or internal conflict in his country, rather there was an ongoing military occupation by Russia. He stressed that murder, torture, harassment, sexual violence, arbitrary detentions and arrests, enforced disappearances and persecution of journalists, human rights defenders, social media workers and bloggers have become a daily reality for the residents of the occupied Ukrainian territories.

Poroshenko said by resorting to military aggression against Ukraine, Russia violated all possible fundamental norms and principles of international law and should be held accountable. He said, “Maybe it is time to put Russia in its place - start with depriving it of its veto right, at least when it comes to issues related to the Russian Federation itself against Ukraine? What else could we do in order to bring peace to Ukraine and find a long-lasting solution to the Russian aggression?”

The Ukrainian President said Russia had “distorted the very idea and objectives” of a UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine. He expressed his belief that that a “UN-mandated multinational peacekeeping operation with a clear objective to end the Russian aggression and to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity could be a decisive factor in bringing peace to Donbas.” He said Ukraine was ready for “the constructive discussion of this initiative.”

For his part, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it was “very fashionable to say that it’s highly likely that Russia is guilty of anything” adding that “no proof is needed for any of this.” He said the statement made by Poroshenko today was part his “election campaign, which began long ago here in the walls of the General Assembly.” He added, “The real barrier on the path to the peace in Ukraine is the Kiev’s authorities lies and glaring reluctance to implement the Minsk Agreements and even more specifically is Kiev’s reluctance to have a dialogue with its own people.”
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