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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine told the Security Council today that Russia’s attacks against his country's energy infrastructure are “an obvious crime against humanity”. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / UKRAINE
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DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

23 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA):
“Relentless, widespread attacks against civilians and critical infrastructure are continuing across Ukraine, with devastating consequences. Overnight, a new wave of missile and drone strikes terrorized the people of Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia.”
4. Med shot, ambassadors listen to DiCarlo
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA):
“According to initial media reports quoting local authorities, the strikes today killed or injured over 30 civilians as residential buildings were hit in Kyiv and in Chabany and Vyshhorod towns in the outskirts of the capital. We have also seen reports of an overnight strike on a maternity hospital in the town of Vilnyansk in Zaporizhzhia region. A two-day-old baby was reportedly killed in that attack.”
6. Med shot, DiCarlo speaks
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA):
“I will say it once again: attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international humanitarian law. So are attacks against military objectives that may be expected to cause harm to civilians that would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. The United Nations strongly condemns these attacks and demands that the Russian Federation immediately cease these actions. There must be accountability for any violations of the laws of war.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA):
“We also remain deeply concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. The reported shelling at the plant over the weekend is reckless and deplorable.”
10. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“Today, just one day, we have received almost 70 rockets. That is Russia formula of terror. This is all against our energy infrastructure. There was also a hit to a residential. Hospitals, schools, transport, residential districts, all suffered. Russian terror led to a complete blackout - not only in Ukraine, but also in
neighboring Moldova.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council with Zelenskyy on screen
13. SOUNDBITE (English interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“What Russia wants to achieve with such strikes is energy terror, this is what weapons of mass destruction means. When we have the temperature below zero, and scores of millions of people stay without energy supplies, without heating, without water, this is an obvious crime against humanity.”
15. SOUNDBITE (English interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“What can the terrorist state representative say? We can see obviously that peaceful people are
suffering. I am calling on you to take specific steps to protect humanity and life! Russia has long been trying to turn the UN Security Council into a venue for rhetoric, but it was originally created as the world's most powerful venue for action and decision. That’s what we can demonstrate now, demonstrate together.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council with Zelenskyy on screen
17. SOUNDBITE (English interpretation) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President, Ukraine:
“The terrorist state cannot participate in any voting concerning its aggression, its
terror. This is a dead end, when the instigator of this war, the one responsible for the terror,
is blocking any attempt by the UN Security Council to execute its mandate. It’s nonsense that the veto right is secured for the party that wages this criminal war. We have to drive the world out of this dead end. This is absolutely possible. We cannot be held hostage by one international terrorist.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council with Zelenskyy on screen
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Colleagues, it seems that Putin is determined to reduce Ukraine’s energy facilities to rubble. Putin’s motive could not be more clear and more cold-blooded. He is clearly – clearly – weaponizing winter to inflict immense suffering on the Ukrainian people. He has decided that if he can’t seize Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze the country into submission.”
20. Med shot, Thomas-Greenfield and colleagues
21. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
In conclusion, I want to return to the topic of today's meeting and stress that we are conducting strikes against the infrastructure in response to the unbridled flow of weapons to Ukraine and the reckless appeals to defeat Russia. Weakening the military capacity of the Ukrainian army, which threatens the security and territorial integrity of Russia, is one of the goals of this special military operation and it will be carried out by military means until the Kyiv regime adopts a realistic position.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine told the Security Council today that Russia’s attacks against his country's energy infrastructure are “an obvious crime against humanity”.

Briefing Council Member on a meeting on Wednesday (23 Nov), the head of State said that is the case “when we have the temperature below zero, and scores of millions of people stay without energy supplies, without heating, without water.”

According to Zelenskyy, “what Russia wants to achieve with such strikes is energy terror, this is what weapons of mass destruction means.”

The Ukrainian president said his country was the target of almost 70 missiles today, adding “that is Russia formula of terror.”

He said that the missiles also hit a residential building, hospitals, schools, transportation facilities and caused a blackout that extended to the neighboring country of Moldova.

Asking “what can the terrorist state representative say?”, Zelenskyy called on Council members to “take specific steps to protect humanity and life!”

“Russia has long been trying to turn the UN Security Council into a venue for rhetoric, but it was originally created as the world's most powerful venue for action and decision. That’s what we can demonstrate now, demonstrate together,” said the President of Ukraine.

He said that “the terrorist state cannot participate in any voting concerning its aggression, its terror” and that it “is a dead end, when the instigator of this war, the one responsible for the terror, is blocking any attempt by the UN Security Council to execute its mandate.”

He added, “It’s nonsense that the veto right is secured for the party that wages this criminal war. We have to drive the world out of this dead end. This is absolutely possible. We cannot be held hostage by one international terrorist.”

Opening the meeting, the UN top official for political affairs informed that “relentless, widespread attacks against civilians and critical infrastructure are continuing across Ukraine, with devastating consequences.”

Overnight, Rosemary A. DiCarlo continued, “a new wave of missile and drone strikes terrorized the people of Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia.”

The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs quoted initial media reports indicating that “the strikes today killed or injured over 30 civilians as residential buildings were hit in Kyiv and in Chabany and Vyshhorod towns in the outskirts of the capital.”

She also mentioned “reports of an overnight strike on a maternity hospital in the town of Vilnyansk in Zaporizhzhia region” and that “a two-day-old baby was reportedly killed in that attack.”

DiCarlo stressed that “attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international humanitarian law” and “so are attacks against military objectives that may be expected to cause harm to civilians that would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.”

According to her, “the United Nations strongly condemns these attacks and demands that the Russian Federation immediately cease these actions.”

The UN official noted that “there must be accountability for any violations of the laws of war.”

Finally, the Under-Secretary-General said the UN remains “deeply concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe” and called the reported shelling at the plant over the weekend “reckless and deplorable.”

The United States Permanent Representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that “it seems that Putin is determined to reduce Ukraine’s energy facilities to rubble.”

According to Thomas-Greenfield, “Putin’s motive could not be more clear and more cold-blooded” and “he is clearly – clearly – weaponizing winter to inflict immense suffering on the Ukrainian people.

“He has decided that if he can’t seize Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze the country into submission,” said the US ambassador.

Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, stressed that his country is “conducting strikes against the infrastructure in response to the unbridled flow of weapons to Ukraine and the reckless appeals to defeat Russia.”

He also said that “weakening the military capacity of the Ukrainian army, which threatens the security and territorial integrity of Russia, is one of the goals of this special military operation and it will be carried out by military means until the Kyiv regime adopts a realistic position.”
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