UN / UKRAINE REFERENDA

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Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary Anne DiCarlo told the Security Council that the referenda taking place in occupied Ukrainian territories are being held “during active armed conflict in areas under Russian control outside Ukraine's legal and constitutional framework” and “cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“These exercises which began on 23 September, had been held during active armed conflict in areas under Russian control outside Ukraine's legal and constitutional framework. They cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will. Unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by force by one state of another states territory while claiming to represent the will of the people cannot be regarded as legal under international law.”
4. Med shot, Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya
5. SOUNDBITE (English Interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“The annexation of the captured territories, this is the most brutal violation of the UN Charter. This is an attempt to steal the territory of another state. This is an attempt to erase the norms of international law. There's a very cynical attempt to force the male population in occupied territory of Ukraine to mobilize into the Russian army in order to send them to fight against their own homeland.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English Interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“Russia's recognition of these sham referendums as normal, the implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario and another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory will mean that there is nothing to talk about with this president of Russia. Annexation is the kind of move that puts him alone against the whole of humanity.”
8. Med shot, Ukraine Ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Over the next few days, the results will be published. It is a long-awaited event for the inhabitants of Donbass who for a long time have sought to bring peace to their land that they haven't seen for eight years. For those eight years. The inhabitants of the territories have lived in constant fear for their lives. The shelling of DPR and LPR all these years occurred every week, a day a week and killed dozens of people. And killed children. The inhabitants Kherson and Zaporizhzhia can finally rest assured that they will not have the right to speak Russian or to teach their children in Russian taken away from them. And also, the date of victory is one that they can celebrate, and they don't have to celebrate the fascists.”
10. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary Anne DiCarlo today (27 Sep) told the Security Council that the referenda taking place in occupied Ukrainian territories are being held “during active armed conflict in areas under Russian control outside Ukraine's legal and constitutional framework” and “cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will.”

DiCarlo said, “unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by force by one state of another states territory while claiming to represent the will of the people cannot be regarded as legal under international law.”

Briefing via video teleconference Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, the annexation of the captured territories, “is the most brutal violation of the UN Charter.”

Zelenskyy said, “this is an attempt to steal the territory of another state. This is an attempt to erase the norms of international law. There's a very cynical attempt to force the male population in occupied territory of Ukraine to mobilize into the Russian army in order to send them to fight against their own homeland.”

He said, “Russia's recognition of these sham referendums as normal, the implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario and another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory will mean that there is nothing to talk about with this president of Russia,” adding that “annexation is the kind of move that puts him alone against the whole of humanity.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said, the referenda are “a long-awaited event for the inhabitants of Donbass who for a long time have sought to bring peace to their land that they haven't seen for eight years.”

Nebenzya said, “the inhabitants Kherson and Zaporizhzhia can finally rest assured that they will not have the right to speak Russian or to teach their children in Russian taken away from them.”

The referenda were held over the past five days in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions for residents to vote on whether they wished to become part of the Russian Federation.
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