UN / GUTERRES UKRAINE

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The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, called on Russia and Ukraine for a four-day Holy Week humanitarian pause to allow for the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / GUTERRES UKRAINE

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DATELINE: 19 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Pan right, Secretary-General walks to the podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The intense concentration of forces and firepower makes this battle inevitably more violent, bloody and destructive. The onslaught and terrible toll on civilians we have seen so far could pale in comparison to the horror that lies ahead. This cannot be allowed to happen. Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Many good-faith efforts by many parties to reach a ceasefire in Ukraine have failed.”
3. Zoom out, UN flag and The Knotted Gun sculpture
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today I am calling for a 4-day Holy Week humanitarian pause beginning on Holy Thursday and running through Easter Sunday, April 24th to allow for the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors. The humanitarian pause would provide the necessary conditions to meet two crucial imperatives. First, safe passage of all civilians willing to leave the areas of current and expected confrontation, in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross. 2 Second, beyond humanitarian operations already taking place, a pause will allow for the safe delivery of lifesaving humanitarian aid to people in the hardest-hit areas such as Mariupol, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.”
5. Close up, the Knotted Gun sculpture
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Humanitarian needs are dire. People do not have food, water, supplies to treat the sick or wounded or simply to live day-to-day. More than 12 million people need humanitarian assistance in Ukraine today. Of those, more than one-third are in Mariupol, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk. We anticipate that this figure will increase to 15.7 million – that’s about 40 per cent of all Ukrainians still left in the country.”
7. Med shot, Knotted Gun sculpture and flags
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“For all these reason, I call on Russians and Ukrainians to silence the guns and forge a path to safety for so many at immediate risk. The 4-day Easter period should be a moment to unite around saving lives and furthering dialogue to end the suffering in Ukraine.”
9. Med shot, the Knotted Gun sculpture
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Inspired by Holy Week and all that it represents, I urge all parties – and all champions of peace around the world -- to join my Easter appeal. Save lives. Stop the bloodshed and destruction. Open a window for dialogue and peace. Keep faith with the meaning and the message of Easter.”
11. Pan left, Secretary-General walks away from the podium

STORYLINE:

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, called on Russia and Ukraine for a four-day Holy Week humanitarian pause to allow for the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors.

Speaking to journalists at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday (April 19), the UN chief said that “the intense concentration of forces and firepower makes this battle inevitably more violent, bloody and destructive.”

“The onslaught and terrible toll on civilians we have seen so far could pale in comparison to the horror that lies ahead. This cannot be allowed to happen. Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance,” said Guterres.

The Secretary-General also noted that “many good-faith efforts by many parties to reach a ceasefire in Ukraine have failed.”

According to him, the four-day humanitarian pause during the Holy Week for Orthodox Christians, beginning on Holy Thursday and running through Easter Sunday, April 24th, would provide the necessary conditions to meet two crucial imperatives.

First, safe passage of all civilians willing to leave the areas of current and expected confrontation, in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Second, beyond humanitarian operations already taking place, a pause will allow for the safe delivery of lifesaving humanitarian aid to people in the hardest-hit areas such as Mariupol, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.

Describing the humanitarian needs as “dire”, Guterres said the UN anticipates the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to increase to 15.7 million, about 40 percent of all Ukrainians still left in the country.

“For all these reasons, I call on Russians and Ukrainians to silence the guns and forge a path to safety for so many at immediate risk. The four-day Easter period should be a moment to unite around saving lives and furthering dialogue to end the suffering in Ukraine,” said Guterres.

The UN chief concluded with a call to “all champions of peace around the world” to join his Easter appeal, in order to save lives, stop the bloodshed and destruction, open a window for dialogue and peace, and “keep faith with the meaning and the message of Easter.”
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