UN / UKRAINE MINSK AGREEMENTS

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Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, the UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said, “today’s disturbing reports of major ceasefire violations across the contact line near Zolote, including alleged use of heavy weapons, are deeply concerning and a stark reminder that in the absence of sustained political will, there is a very real risk of backsliding and further violence.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

18 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“Today’s disturbing reports of major ceasefire violations across the contact line near Zolote, including alleged use of heavy weapons, are deeply concerning and a stark reminder that in the absence of sustained political will, there is a very real risk of backsliding and further violence.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“At this pivotal time, I hope this Council will encourage all stakeholders to do their utmost to ensure sustained positive momentum in the negotiations and display the political will and flexibility to reach agreement on the key steps forward and focus on the implementation of agreed commitments, including first and foremost commitment to a durable ceasefire.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“Water, education and health infrastructure continued to be severely impacted by the conflict, reducing access to those facilities for civilians living there. In 2019, there were 50 incidents damaging education facilities – a 200 per-cent increase from 2018. Eighty-eight incidents targeted water infrastructure located near or on the contact line. Attacks on civilian infrastructure must stop.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Many of you, yourselves speak of the devastating plight of the residents of Donbas, and you yourselves refuse to acknowledge the responsibility of Kyiv, which waging war against its own population, has imposed the transport of food and economic blockade against Donbas. Each day for five years now, everyday people have died as a consequence of shelling, are they shelling on themselves? Is that what is happening? Is it they who unleashed the war and are waiting a crusade against Kyiv?”
10.Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“We know of the primacies of some delegation will today promise and advance, so I wish to caution you in advance, each time you say that the Russian Federation is failing to comply with the Minsk Agreements, do remember that you are deliberately misleading your own population and the international community. And each time you refuse to acknowledge Kiyv’s responsibility, you call upon Kiyv to comply with its obligations giving to its own people and each time you shift the responsibility to others, you extend the prolonged suffering of the residents of Donbas who - unlike you- know that this is the truth and they are protecting this at the cost of the residents’ lives.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsia, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine:
“The attack perpetrated today, on the fifth anniversary of the Debaltseve tragedy, is particularly cynical. The Ukrainian armed forces provided an adequate response to this offensive, committed by the Russian occupation forces with the use of the Minsk-proscribed weapons, exercising Ukraine's inherent right for self-defence. It is clear that the Kremlin continues to pursue a strategy of escalation in Donbas in flagrant violation of Russia's obligations they have undertaken as a party to the Minsk agreements.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsia, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine:
“As it has happened before, Russia tries to present the victim of its aggression as a perpetrator, which is one of the hallmarks of its information war against Ukraine. Such vain attempts to twist the truth could have been viewed as pathetic and even laughable -if it were not a cynical insult to the memory of thousands of my compatriots who have lost their lives defending their land.”
16. Various shots, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, the UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said, “today’s disturbing reports of major ceasefire violations across the contact line near Zolote, including alleged use of heavy weapons, are deeply concerning and a stark reminder that in the absence of sustained political will, there is a very real risk of backsliding and further violence.”

Speaking to the Council today (18 Feb) in New York, DiCarlo noted that on 17 February, five years ago, the Council endorsed, in resolution 2202, the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, adding that the “Package of Measures”, together with the “Minsk Protocol” and the “Minsk Memorandum”, remain the only agreed framework for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

DiCarlo reiterated “at this pivotal time, I hope this Council will encourage all stakeholders to do their utmost to ensure sustained positive momentum in the negotiations and display the political will and flexibility to reach agreement on the key steps forward and focus on the implementation of agreed commitments, including first and foremost commitment to a durable ceasefire.”

The UN political chief also noted that the UN is particularly concerned about people living along the contact line, who remain the most vulnerable.

According to the UN, 3.4 million people - including the elderly, the disabled and children - require humanitarian assistance and protection services.

Reiterating that humanitarian access, the protection of civilians and civilian assets are everyday challenges, DiCarlo stated that “water, education and health infrastructure continued to be severely impacted by the conflict, reducing access to those facilities for civilians living there.”

She continued, “In 2019, there were 50 incidents damaging education facilities – a 200 per-cent increase from 2018. Eighty-eight incidents targeted water infrastructure located near or on the contact line. Attacks on civilian infrastructure must stop.”

Also speaking to the Council was Russian Ambassador Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya. He said, “many of you, yourselves speak of the devastating plight of the residents of Donbas, and you yourselves refuse to acknowledge the responsibility of Kyiv, which waging war against its own population, has imposed the transport of food and economic blockade against Donbas.”

The Russian Ambassador continued, “each day for five years now, everyday people have died as a consequence of shelling, are they shelling on themselves? Is that what is happening? Is it they who unleashed the war and are waiting a crusade against Kyiv?”

Nebenzya also said, “we know of the primacies of some delegation will today promise and advance, so I wish to caution you in advance, each time you say that the Russian Federation is failing to comply with the Minsk Agreements, do remember that you are deliberately misleading your own population and the international community.”

He continued, “each time you refuse to acknowledge Kiyv’s responsibility, you call upon Kiyv to comply with its obligations giving to its own people and each time you shift the responsibility to others, you extend the prolonged suffering of the residents of Donbas who - unlike you- know that this is the truth and they are protecting this at the cost of the residents’ lives.”

Speaking about the incident happened in Donbas, Sergiy Kyslytsia, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine told the Council, “the attack perpetrated today, on the fifth anniversary of the Debaltseve tragedy, is particularly cynical,” adding that “the Ukrainian armed forces provided an adequate response to this offensive, committed by the Russian occupation forces with the use of the Minsk-proscribed weapons, exercising Ukraine's inherent right for self-defence.”

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister continued, “it is clear that the Kremlin continues to pursue a strategy of escalation in Donbas in flagrant violation of Russia's obligations they have undertaken as a party to the Minsk agreements.”

Kyslytsia also said, “as it has happened before, Russia tries to present the victim of its aggression as a perpetrator, which is one of the hallmarks of its information war against Ukraine.”

He added, “such vain attempts to twist the truth could have been viewed as pathetic and even laughable -if it were not a cynical insult to the memory of thousands of my compatriots who have lost their lives defending their land.”
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