UN / UKRAINE

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17-Mar-2022 00:06:04
UN chief of political affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told Security Council, “the devastation and suffering in Mariupol and Kharkiv raises grave fears about the fate of millions of residents of Kyiv and other cities facing intensifying attacks,” reiterating that international humanitarian law is “crystal clear,” “direct attacks on civilians are prohibited.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The devastation and suffering in Mariupol and Kharkiv raises grave fears about the fate of millions of residents of Kyiv and other cities facing intensifying attacks. International humanitarian law is crystal clear. Civilians are entitled to protection against the dangers arising from military operations. Direct attacks on civilians are prohibited. Yet, the magnitude of civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine cannot be denied. This demands a thorough investigation and accountability.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The priority for the UN and its partners is to reach the people trapped by the ongoing shelling, including in eastern Ukraine. To that end, we continue to scale-up our operations on the ground, as circumstances permit. The needs of the population are growing by the day. The UN calls for safe passage for civilians from, and humanitarian supplies into, encircled areas.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“It is close to two million refugees from Ukraine, Poland has in a matter of a few weeks, become one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. Some 490,000 people have fled to Romania, 350,000 to Moldova, 280,000 to Hungary, and 228,000 to Slovakia. Hundreds of thousands have now reached in other European countries. A sizable number of people have also moved to the Russian Federation, and to a smaller extent to Belarus.
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“The sum of collective expertise and support will be critical to help the refugee population and support host countries with shelters, emergency relief items, cash assistance, as well as mental health and psychosocial support. UNHCR has scaled up its response by deploying over 200 experts and establishing field presence in all countries. UNHCR staff on the ground undertake regular protection monitoring at the main border crossing points, reception centres and other locations where refugee transit or gather.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
“WHO has verified 43 attacks on health care, with 12 people killed and 34 injured, including health workers. In any conflict, attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law. They deprive people of urgently-needed care and break already-strained health systems.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
“WHO is on the ground, working with the Ministry of Health and partners to support health workers and the health system in Ukraine to provide care to meet immediate health needs.So far, we have sent about 100 metric tonnes of medical supplies, including oxygen, insulin, surgical supplies, anesthetics, and blood transfusion kits – enough for four thousand five hundred trauma patients and 450 thousand primary health care patients, for one month. Other equipment, including oxygen generators, electrical generators and defibrillators have also been delivered, and we are preparing to send a further 108 metric tonnes.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Yesterday, Washington announced that this week Ukraine will receive from them defensive systems to the amount of one billion dollars. You are fueling this conflict, pouring oil into it. It is already clear now, what kind of tragedy resulted from simply distributing light weapons to anyone who wanted them without any control. I wonder whether the Western taxpayers know about the risks of this weaponry ending up with terrorist groups in Europe.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Against the backdrop of the increasingly aggravated humanitarian situation, Russia has dared to table a draft humanitarian resolution of the Security Council. An appeal by a serial killer to the UN members to co-sponsor this most egregious hypocrisy is outrageous.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Ambassador, do the eyes of Ukrainian children, women and elderly, killed by the Russians flash before you? If they do, we may consider how to how to sponsor a decision to help you deal with perpetration inducted traumatic stress. But now have some decency. And stop the egregious manipulation of the Security Council. It is obscene.”

STORYLINE:

UN chief of political affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told Security Council, “the devastation and suffering in Mariupol and Kharkiv raises grave fears about the fate of millions of residents of Kyiv and other cities facing intensifying attacks,” reiterating that international humanitarian law is “crystal clear,” “direct attacks on civilians are prohibited.”

Speaking to Security Council today (17 Mar) in New York, DiCarlo noted that between 24 February and 15 March, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recorded 1,900 civilian casualties. The total consists of 726 people killed, including 52 children, and 1,174 injured, including 63 children. The actual number is likely much higher, the UN ’s chief of political affairs said.

DiCarlo said that most of these casualties were caused by the use in populated areas of explosive weapons with a wide impact area. Hundreds of residential buildings have been damaged or destroyed, as have hospitals and schools.

According to OHCHR, it continues to monitor reports of civilian casualties in the whole country, including in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics”. OHCHR staff in Donetsk are closely following developments regarding the 14 March incident in which 20 civilians were reportedly killed by a Tochka-U missile that may have contained cluster munitions. All such instances must be properly investigated, said DiCarlo.

The chief of political affairs highlighted the situation in the southeastern port city of Mariupol is particularly alarming. Many of the Mariupol residents who have not been able to safely evacuate lack food, water, electricity and medical care. Uncollected corpses lie on city streets.

She reiterated, “the priority for the UN and its partners is to reach the people trapped by the ongoing shelling, including in eastern Ukraine.”

To that end, she said, the UN continues to “scale-up our operations on the ground, as circumstances permit. The needs of the population are growing by the day.”

The UN called for “safe passage for civilians from, and humanitarian supplies into, encircled areas.”

Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) briefed the Council via a video link.

He said that Poland has in a matter of a few weeks, become one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world, adding that “some 490,000 people have fled to Romania, 350,000 to Moldova, 280,000 to Hungary, and 228,000 to Slovakia. Hundreds of thousands have now reached in other European countries. A sizable number of people have also moved to the Russian Federation, and to a smaller extent to Belarus.”

The Assistant High Commissioner continued, “the sum of collective expertise and support will be critical to help the refugee population and support host countries with shelters, emergency relief items, cash assistance, as well as mental health and psychosocial support.”

UNHCR has scaled up its response by deploying over 200 experts and establishing field presence in all countries, Mazou said, adding that “UNHCR staff on the ground undertake regular protection monitoring at the main border crossing points, reception centres and other locations where refugee transit or gather.”

WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke to the Council via a video link from Geneva.

He said that WHO has verified 43 attacks on health care, with 12 people killed and 34 injured, including health workers.

Tedros reiterated, “in any conflict, attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law. They deprive people of urgently-needed care and break already-strained health systems.”

Tedros also said WHO is on the ground, working with the Ministry of Health and partners to support health workers and the health system in Ukraine to provide care to meet immediate health needs.

He continued, “so far, we have sent about 100 metric tonnes of medical supplies, including oxygen, insulin, surgical supplies, anesthetics, and blood transfusion kits – enough for four thousand five hundred trauma patients and 450 thousand primary health care patients, for one month.”

He added, “other equipment, including oxygen generators, electrical generators and defibrillators have also been delivered, and we are preparing to send a further 108 metric tonnes.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia commented on Washington’s announcement on Wednesday (16 Mar) that this week Ukraine will “receive from the US defensive systems to the amount of one billion dollars.” He said, “you are fueling this conflict, pouring oil into it. It is already clear now, what kind of tragedy resulted from simply distributing light weapons to anyone who wanted them without any control.”

Ambassador Nebenzia continued, “I wonder whether the Western taxpayers know about the risks of this weaponry ending up with terrorist groups in Europe.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said, “against the backdrop of the increasingly aggravated humanitarian situation, Russia has dared to table a draft humanitarian resolution of the Security Council. An appeal by a serial killer to the UN members to co-sponsor this most egregious hypocrisy is outrageous.”

He also addressed directly to the Russian Ambassador, “Ambassador, do the eyes of Ukrainian children, women and elderly, killed by the Russians flash before you? If they do, we may consider how to how to sponsor a decision to help you deal with perpetration inducted traumatic stress. But now have some decency. And stop the egregious manipulation of the Security Council. It is obscene.”
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