UN / UKRAINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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The UN General Assembly met on Wednesday for its second emergency session on the Ukraine crisis since Russia invaded the country on 24 February, with two similar but different resolutions placed before delegates, addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Med shot, General Assembly Hall
4. Med shot, General Assembly hall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Thousands of Ukrainians have lost their lives over this month, young and old, women and men civilians, and military. They died because Russia decided to attack. Attack Ukraine, attack peace, attack all of us.”
6. Med shot, General Assembly hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Every day of the Russian war aggravates the humanitarian situation further and further. In a nutshell, it has already reached the level of humanitarian disaster. People are starving to death in the occupied or besieged areas. People are being killed in their attempt to flee from conflict affected areas. Cities are raised to the ground by shelling and airstrikes. Neighboring countries are stretched to the limit by accommodating Ukrainian refugees.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Colleagues, this is how we have found ourselves at yet another political anti-Russian show, except, this time, in a humanitarian context. Statements that we have already heard today leave no doubt about this. If our eastern colleagues at the Security Council were really concerned about the humanitarian situation on the ground they have an opportunity to resolve this, and vote for our humanitarian resolution in the Security Council.”
10. Wide shot, USA permanent representative walks to the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We must have the courage to speak the truth here. This war did not appear out of thin air. This humanitarian crisis was not a natural disaster. It was man made. Any any country that wants to make a serious effort to address the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine must be clear about what is causing that emergency. To do less is to allow the aggressor to obscure itself with vague language and later claim it was actually trying to help. Russia is to blame for instigating this war. And the world will continue to hold Russia accountable for what they're doing to the people of Ukraine.”
12. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

The UN General Assembly met on Wednesday for its second emergency session on the Ukraine crisis since Russia invaded the country on 24 February, with two similar but different resolutions placed before delegates, addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The first resolution, put forward by Ukraine and other Member States, Humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine, calls out Russia's assault on Ukraine for creating the “dire” humanitarian situation, pushes for a humanitarian corridor, and demands that fighting stops and troops are withdrawn.

Supporters of that draft, hope to build on the resolution that deplored Russia's “aggression against Ukraine,” which was adopted on 2 March by 141 votes in favour, while five countries – Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Syria – voted against. A total of 35 countries, including China, abstained.

At the same time South Africa has proposed a rival draft text for consideration on Wednesday, entitled Humanitarian situation emanating out of the conflict in Ukraine that makes no reference in its text, to Russia.

Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, noted that “thousands of Ukrainians have lost their lives over this month, young and old, women and men civilians, and military.”

“They died because Russia decided to attack. Attack Ukraine, attack peace, attack all of us,” he said.

For Kyslytsya, “every day of the Russian war aggravates the humanitarian situation further and further.”

“In a nutshell, it has already reached the level of humanitarian disaster. People are starving to death in the occupied or besieged areas. People are being killed in their attempt to flee from conflict affected areas. Cities are raised to the ground by shelling and airstrikes. Neighboring countries are stretched to the limit by accommodating Ukrainian refugees,” he described.

Vasily Nebenzia, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, described meeting as “at yet another political anti-Russian show, except, this time, in a humanitarian context.”

“Statements that we have already heard today leave no doubt about this. If our western colleagues at the Security Council were really concerned about the humanitarian situation on the ground they have an opportunity to resolve this, and vote for our humanitarian resolution in the Security Council,” he said.

On her turn, the United States’ Permanent Representative, said the representatives had to “have the courage to speak the truth”.

“This war did not appear out of thin air. The humanitarian crisis was not a natural disaster. It was man made. Any country that wants to make a serious effort to address the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine must be clear about what is causing that emergency”, she said.

For the US representative, “to do less is to allow the aggressor to obscure itself with vague language and later claim it was actually trying to cover Russia is to blame for instigating this war. And the world will continue to hold Russia accountable for what they're doing to the people of Ukraine.”

A vote on the two resolutions should be held on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
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