UN / UKRAINE UPDATE

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In what he described as a “rather depressing update,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the humanitarian situation in Ukraine “continues to deteriorate at an alarming pace,” adding that, according to the UN refugee agency, an estimated 1.9 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 2.3 million people have now crossed international borders out of the country. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

10 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We will start off with Ukraine, as usual. Another rather depressing update about the humanitarian situation, which continues to deteriorate at an alarming pace. Our humanitarian colleagues estimate that now 1.9 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 2.3 million people have now crossed international borders out of Ukraine, and this is according to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). Three things are critical in the short term, as Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has stressed: civilians, whether they stay or leave, must be respected and protected; safe passage is needed for humanitarian supplies; and we need a system of constant communications with parties to the conflict.”
4.Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In terms of response, humanitarian organizations are deploying additional staff across the country and are working to move supplies to warehouses in different hubs within Ukraine and outside. So far, we - along with our partners - have reached more than 500,000 people with some form of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, including life-saving food, shelter, blankets, and medical supplies. If humanitarian access is secured, we are set to reach much higher numbers given the scope and scale of the humanitarian operations being currently deployed.”
6.Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Ukraine Flash Appeal 2022 has received 109 million USD so far, which represents 9.6 percent, so we are inching up. That being said, the appeal, which was launched by the Secretary-General on 1 March, requires 1.1 billion USD for a three-month period for humanitarian response inside Ukraine. There’s another appeal for outside from UNHCR. As we have said we encourage the donors who made generous pledges to release the money quickly and report their contribution to OCHA’s (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Financial Tracking Service.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I mean, we are not changing our position on what we've said. We talked again to our colleagues at the Office for Human Rights, who you know have monitors on the ground. The Human Rights team there has verified and documented what they describe as an indiscriminate airstrike on the hospital and that the hospital was serving women and children at the time. So, we're standing by what we said.”
10. Wide shot, spokesperson at dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We had mentioned their intention to withdraw from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from MONUSCO (United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), which is about 250 troops and eight MI 8 helicopters.
We've now received a further request from Ukraine to withdraw remaining uniformed personnel serving with five other peacekeeping operations: Mali, Cyprus, Abyei, South Sudan, and Kosovo. This includes 250 troops - so, all of the presence, right, includes 250 troops, 36 staff officers and experts on mission, 22 police officers. That's for a total of 308 personnel from Ukraine that they've asked to withdraw.
The process of actioning their request is underway. Obviously, we're in close touch with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine here and with the relevant peacekeeping missions.
Again, as we've said, it is the right of any Member State to withdraw, and we do need to thank the Ukrainian personnel and the use of their equipment for their long-standing contribution to peace operations and, obviously, the individual peacekeepers themselves, as well.”
12. Wide shot, spokesperson at dais

STORYLINE:

In what he described as a “rather depressing update,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the humanitarian situation in Ukraine “continues to deteriorate at an alarming pace,” adding that, according to the UN refugee agency, an estimated 1.9 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 2.3 million people have now crossed international borders out of the country.

Addressing a news conference in New York today (10 Mar), Dujarric said three things are critical in the short term, as stressed by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, “civilians, whether they stay or leave, must be respected and protected; safe passage is needed for humanitarian supplies; and we need a system of constant communications with parties to the conflict.”

The UN spokesperson said humanitarian organizations are deploying additional staff across the country and are working to move supplies to warehouses in different hubs within Ukraine and outside. He added, “So far, we - along with our partners - have reached more than 500,000 people with some form of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, including life-saving food, shelter, blankets, and medical supplies. If humanitarian access is secured, we are set to reach much higher numbers given the scope and scale of the humanitarian operations being currently deployed.”

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said, by Wednesday, it had delivered 85 metric tonnes of humanitarian assistance to reception and transit centres in Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, which is hosting people who have fled hostilities further east.

The World Food Programme (WFP) expressed its deep concern over the impact of conflict on Ukraine’s food security and the waning ability of families in embattled areas to feed themselves. WFP said it plans to assist up to 3.1 million people, giving priority is to supply cities inside Ukraine with bulk food, bread, and food rations.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the coming weeks will be critical as farmers will need to prepare land for sowing vegetables in the middle of March. FAO stressed the need for farmers to start preparing land for planting wheat, barley, maize and sunflowers, adding that all efforts should be made to protect harvests and livestock.

UNICEF said more than one million children have now fled Ukraine as the fighting continues to ravage the country. The Fund added that six trucks carrying nearly 70 tonnes of supplies have arrived in Ukraine so far, including personal protection equipment and medical, surgical and obstetric kits.

Working with its partners, UNICEF said its teams in Ukraine will be delivering medical supplies to 22 hospitals in five different conflict-affected areas in the country, to benefit 20,000 children and mothers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also said it has so far delivered 81 metric tonnes of supplies and is establishing a pipeline of supplies for health facilities across Ukraine. WHO also has released 10.2 million USD from the Contingency Fund and deployed staff to provide care to refugees.

The UN spokesperson also noted that the Ukraine Flash Appeal for 2022 has received 109 million USD so far, “which represents 9.6 percent.” He said, “The appeal, which was launched by the Secretary-General on 1 March, requires 1.1 billion USD for a three-month period for humanitarian response inside Ukraine. There’s another appeal for outside from UNHCR. As we have said we encourage the donors who made generous pledges to release the money quickly and report their contribution to OCHA’s (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Financial Tracking Service.”

Asked about commented made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the maternity hospital which was struck in Mariupol was not being used for its intended purpose but rather by Ukrainian nationalists who were fighting, Dujarric said, “I mean, we are not changing our position on what we've said. We talked again to our colleagues at the Office for Human Rights, who you know have monitors on the ground. The Human Rights team there has verified and documented what they describe as an indiscriminate airstrike on the hospital and that the hospital was serving women and children at the time. So, we're standing by what we said.”

The spokesperson also revealed Ukraine’s intention to withdraw it personnel serving in peacekeeping missions as well as eight MI 8 helicopters. The total number of 308 Ukrainian personnel includes 250 troops, 36 staff officers and experts on mission, and 22 police officers.

Dujarric said, “The process of actioning their request is underway. Obviously, we're in close touch with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine here and with the relevant peacekeeping missions. Again, as we've said, it is the right of any Member State to withdraw, and we do need to thank the Ukrainian personnel and the use of their equipment for their long-standing contribution to peace operations and, obviously, the individual peacekeepers themselves, as well.”
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