GENEVA / UKRAINE UPDATE

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03-May-2022 00:01:26
UN humanitarians said on Tuesday that they were standing ready to help receive a group of evacuees from the heavily damaged Azovstal steelworks complex in the embattled Ukrainian city of Mariupol, more than two months since Russia’s invasion of its neighbour. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / UKRAINE UPDATE
TRT: 1:26
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 03 MAY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations flag alley, exterior
2. Wide shot, podium with moderator, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dorit Nizan, Incident Manager for Ukraine, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We do not know what to expect on the, you know, on this convoy, but we are all of us, the health system, MSF is here with us and other NGOs and volunteers, all ready for the, whatever is needed.”
4. Wide shot, podium moderator, large-screen TV showing, Nizan speaking via Zoom
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dorit Nizan, Incident Manager for Ukraine, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are already receiving people, mainly mothers, and children from Mariupol and its vicinity. So, these people continue coming, and I don’t know if you can see in the background, but cars are coming with volunteers from the region here, Zaporizhzhia, that are driving them from the contact line.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dorit Nizan, Incident Manager for Ukraine, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Many people left these regions because they are close to the contact line, and they are, you know, under fight and shelling, but many of the health workers stayed to deliver, to help, and those that left are replaced by other health care workers that came from the other areas that were occupied.”
8. Various shots, journalists

STORYLINE:
UN humanitarians said on Tuesday (3 May) that they were standing ready to help receive a group of evacuees from the heavily damaged Azovstal steelworks complex in the embattled Ukrainian city of Mariupol, more than two months since Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

“We do not know what to expect …on this convoy, but we are all of us, the health system, MSF is here with us and other NGOs and volunteers, all ready for the, whatever is needed,” said Dr. Dorit Nizan, World Health Organization (WHO) Incident Manager for Ukraine, speaking from a reception centre in Zaporizhzhia, hundreds of miles to the north of Mariupol.

Confirmation came on Sunday from the UN aid coordinating office OCHA that the operation to evacuate desperate civilians from the vast steel plant was underway, coordinated by the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and “parties to the conflict.”

According to news reports, more than 100 civilians were allowed to leave in the first phase of the operation. Many others have already arrived in Zaporizhzhia from villages and towns to the west of Mariupol, Dr. Nizan said.

Although most of these arrivals had only minor injuries requiring medical care, mental health linked to the trauma of the war “is a big issue” that will require care and support in the longer term, the WHO official explained.

“We are already receiving people, mainly mothers, and children from Mariupol and its vicinity. So these people continue coming, and I don’t know if you can see in the background, but cars are coming with volunteers from the region here, Zaporizhzhia, that are driving them from the contact line.”

Before the Russian invasion on 24 February, Mariupol’s population numbered around 500,000. Today, around 100,000 are believed to remain in the battered city, the WHO official continued.

Since the start of the war, the UN health agency has delivered 382 tonnes of medical supplies to Ukraine, including 291 tonnes that have already reached beneficiaries. The agency has established hubs across the vast country, including Lviv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Donetsk, and Luhansk.

“Many people left these regions because they are close to the contact line, and they are, you know, under fight and shelling,” Dr. Nizan said.

“But many of the health workers stayed to deliver, to help, and those that left are replaced by other health care workers that came from the other areas that were occupied.”
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