UKRAINE / GUTERRES ZELENSKYY PRESSER

28-Apr-2022 00:03:47
Following a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Secretary-General António Guterres said Ukraine is "an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain" and vowed the Organization "will not give up" in achieving peace. UNIFEED / GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE

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STORY: UKRAINE / GUTERRES ZELENSKYY PRESSER
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DATELINE: 28 APRIL 2022, PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, KYIV, UKRAINE

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28 APRIL 2022, PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, KYIV, UKRAINE

1. Various shots, Presidential Palace
2. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President arrive to the meeting
3. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meet
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"Today, Ukraine is an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain. I witnessed that very vividly today around Kyiv: the senseless loss of life, the massive destruction, the unacceptable violations of human rights and the laws of war. It is vital that the International Criminal Court and other UN mechanisms conduct their work so that there can be real accountability."
5. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meeting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"Let me be very clear. The Security Council failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war. This is a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger. But the men and women of the United Nations are working every day for the people of Ukraine, side by side with so many brave Ukrainian organizations."
7. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meeting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"This is one of the fastest scale-up operations we have ever undertaken, and we are very much aware that not everything is perfect. Whatever we can provide pales in comparison to the needs. I am here to pledge that we will boost our efforts across the board – coordinating with the Ukrainian Government every step of the way."
9. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meeting
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"This war must end, and peace must be established in line with the charter of the United Nations and international law. Many leaders have made many good efforts to stop the fighting, though these efforts, so far, have not succeeded. I am here to say to you, Mr. President, and to the people of Ukraine: We will not give up."
11. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meeting
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"During my visit to Moscow, President Putin agreed, in principle, to the involvement of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. Today, President Zelenskyy and I had the opportunity to address this issue. As we speak, there are in intense discussions to move forward on this proposal to make it a reality."
13. Various shots, Secretary General and Ukraine President meeting


STORYLINE:

Following a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Secretary-General António Guterres said Ukraine is "an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain" and vowed the Organization "will not give up" in achieving peace.

António Guterres was speaking to journalists on Thursday (28 April) at the Presidential Palace.

Guterres said he had witnessed the pain "very vividly", including "the senseless loss of life, the massive destruction, the unacceptable violations of human rights and the laws of war."

According to the UN chief, "it is vital that the International Criminal Court and other UN mechanisms conduct their work so that there can be real accountability."

Guterres said "the Security Council failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war" and this is "a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger."

But, he added, "the men and women of the United Nations are working every day for the people of Ukraine, side by side with so many brave Ukrainian organizations."

Guterres said the operation in Ukraine is one of the fastest scale-up operations the Organization has ever undertaken.

There are currently more than 1,400 UN staff in the country, the vast majority of whom are Ukrainian nationals. They are on the ground in 9 operational hubs and 30 locations.

Until now, the UN has provided life-saving humanitarian aid to 3.4 million people inside Ukraine, and it should more than double that number to 8.7 million by the end of August.

Guterres also recalled some recent estimates according to which, in a worst-case scenario, some 25 million people could be in need of humanitarian assistance by the end of this year.

The UN is also expanding the cash assistance, distributing $100 million per month, reaching 1.3 million people by May and covering 2 million by August.

Food aid has reached 2.3 million people, and the plans are to help 4 million by May and 6 million by June.

Above all, the Secretary General said, "this war must end, and peace must be established in line with the charter of the United Nations and international law."

Guterres noted that "many leaders have made many good efforts to stop the fighting, though these efforts, so far, have not succeeded."

Facing President Zelenskyy, he said: "I am here to say to you, Mr. President, and to the people of Ukraine: We will not give up."

Guterres also provided an update on the plan to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, informing that, during his visit to Moscow, President Putin agreed, in principle, to the involvement of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

This Thursday, Guterres addressed the issue with President Zelenskyy, and there are currently "intense discussions to move forward on this proposal to make it a reality," he said.
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