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Speaking at the General Assembly today (20 Feb), Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said the “lack of adequate response to the spiralling level of the violations and impunity for these violations” in the occupied parts of his country resulted in a “precedent of a global scope” adding that no country could “feel safe and protected by the UN Charter unless we turn this tide.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Ukrainian Foreign Minister walking to podium in General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“The lack of adequate response to the spiralling level of the violations and impunity for these violations resulted in a precedent of a global scope - today none of us can feel safe and protected by the UN Charter unless we turn this tide.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“The occupied areas have become a territory of fear and terror. The occupying authorities - be it in Crimea or in parts of Donbas - use repressions, resorting to systematic and large-scale violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“But even though Kremlin remains blind and deaf to the appeals and decisions of the international community, I am absolutely convinced that international unity and solidarity, respect and promotion of human rights is the only way to stop Moscow’s aggression against my country and eventually lead to de-occupation of the parts of the territory of Ukraine.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“For six years, the Ukrainian authorities – first the old authorities and now the new authorities – have been exploiting a very convenient myth: there is no civilian conflict, there is only an aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. This is a convenient position. It enables them to shirk the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It enables them to portray themselves as the victim – not as an aggressor which in 2014 brought its army and its nationalistic battalions to quell the protests in Donbas. And this is all the more convenient given that this position enjoys the support of the western sponsors of Kiyv, former guarantors of the agreement on settling the Ukrainian crisis in February 2014. This agreement was trampled upon immediately, and those western sponsors gave Kiyv a carte blanche to sabotage the Minsk Agreements and a license to any lies.”
10. Wide shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“It is clear to us that Kiyv’s fear of compliance with its Minsk obligations and to conduct elections, above all, are due to the fact that people in the east are likely to vote for those who protected them from the Ukrainian army – its bullets and shells. That is a democracy Maidan’s heirs do not want, hence the discussions on immediate control over the border and the refusal of granting amnesty to fighters. Who are you trying to lie to? People will see through these obvious lies.”
12. Wide shot, US ambassador at podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“President Trump fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders, including its territorial waters. We will not accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s control over all its territory, including Crimea.”
14. Wide shot, Ukrainian Foreign Minister speaking to reporters
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“Ukraine will do its part. We are reinforcing our abilities to defend ourselves. At the same time, we are looking for ways to settle up the existing differences and to find a way how we can live together back again, especially in eastern Ukraine. It is a bit more difficult with the Crimea when Russians are entrenched and took them; and tried to annex. This is very difficult to resolve. But without pressure from the international community and support, the issue of Crimea will be forgotten, which we cannot allow ourselves.”
16. Wide shot, Ukrainian Foreign Minister speaking to reporters

STORYLINE:

Speaking at the General Assembly today (20 Feb), Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said the “lack of adequate response to the spiralling level of the violations and impunity for these violations” in the occupied parts of his country resulted in a “precedent of a global scope” adding that no country could “feel safe and protected by the UN Charter unless we turn this tide.”

Prystaiko said 20 February, 2014 would be remembered in history as the day when a permanent member of the Security Council brought war and destruction in the lives of Ukrainian citizens, adding that this was the result of the way the international community allowed one of its members to ignore the fundamentals of international law.

The Foreign Minister said the “occupied areas have become a territory of fear and terror” adding that the occupying authorities – “be it in Crimea or in parts of Donbas - use repressions, resorting to systematic and large-scale violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” He added that the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine by peaceful means has become President Zelenskyi's utmost priority and this commitment fully reflects the peaceful aspirations of the Ukrainian people.

Prystaiko said Russian spares no effort to legitimize its illegal occupation of Crimea and has imposed its citizenship on the local population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in violation of international humanitarian law and the sovereignty of Ukraine. He added, “But even though Kremlin remains blind and deaf to the appeals and decisions of the international community, I am absolutely convinced that international unity and solidarity, respect and promotion of human rights is the only way to stop Moscow’s aggression against my country and eventually lead to de-occupation of the parts of the territory of Ukraine.”

Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said there was no temporary occupation in Ukraine, adding that 96.77 per cent of voters in Crimea voted to reunify with Russia in a 2014 referendum, and the issue in Donbas is a conflict between the Ukrainian authorities and its citizens in the east.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“For six years, the Ukrainian authorities – first the old authorities and now the new authorities – have been exploiting a very convenient myth: there is no civilian conflict, there is only an aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. This is a convenient position. It enables them to shirk the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It enables them to portray themselves as the victim – not as an aggressor which in 2014 brought its army and its nationalistic battalions to quell the protests in Donbas. And this is all the more convenient given that this position enjoys the support of the western sponsors of Kiyv, former guarantors of the agreement on settling the Ukrainian crisis in February 2014. This agreement was trampled upon immediately, and those western sponsors gave Kiyv a carte blanche to sabotage the Minsk Agreements and a license to any lies.”

Nebenzya said instead of restoring the trust of millions of Ukrainians, the authorities in Kiyv were rubberstamping laws that discriminate against people in religious, cultural and economic rights while prohibiting the use of some people’s mother tongue. He said, “It is clear to us that Kiyv’s fear of compliance with its Minsk obligations and to conduct elections, above all, are due to the fact that people in the east are likely to vote for those who protected them from the Ukrainian army – its bullets and shells. That is a democracy Maidan’s heirs do not want, hence the discussions on immediate control over the border and the refusal of granting amnesty to fighters. Who are you trying to lie to? People will see through these obvious lies.”

United States ambassador Kelly Craft said Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was the greatest threat to European security since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. She said the US called on Russia to immediately follow through on its commitments under the Minsk agreements — to withdraw its forces and equipment, stop supporting its proxies, and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in eastern Ukraine.

Craft said, “President Trump fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders, including its territorial waters. We will not accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s control over all its territory, including Crimea.”

Responding to questions by reporters, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko highlighted the importance of international political and economic pressure as the civilised way to push back without actually fighting with Russia. He said without international pressure, Ukraine would not have been able to stop Russian aggression in 2014. Prystaiko added, “Ukraine will do its part. We are reinforcing our abilities to defend ourselves. At the same time, we are looking for ways to settle up the existing differences and to find a way how we can live together back again, especially in eastern Ukraine. It is a bit more difficult with the Crimea when Russians are entrenched and took them; and tried to annex. This is very difficult to resolve. But without pressure from the international community and support, the issue of Crimea will be forgotten, which we cannot allow ourselves.”
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