Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine - Security Council, 9357th Meeting

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23-Jun-2023 02:11:05
Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine

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Since her last briefing to the 15-nation organ, the war in Ukraine has escalated while prospects for peace remain “desperately dim” amid a surge in Russian Federation missile barrages and drone attacks, Rosemary Dicarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, warned the Security Council, as members called for adherence to international humanitarian law and access to civilians impacted by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam.

As Council members took the floor to discuss the situation in Ukraine, many speakers expressed deep concern that, despite overwhelming calls on the Russian Federation to end its war in the country, the pleas continue to fall on deaf ears.

Other delegates, including Brazil’s representative, emphasized that the Russian Federation’s war has widespread consequences beyond Ukraine. Noting the adverse impacts the conflict has on third countries — including those in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean — he pointed out that food and fuel prices have skyrocketed since the conflict’s start.

However, the representative of the Russian Federation, refuting claims of Moscow using Iranian drones, emphasized that there is “no iota of any credible evidence” on this. His country is doing everything possible to alleviate suffering, while authorities in Kyiv continue to target civilian objects. He insisted Kyiv carried out the attack on the Kakhovka Dam, adding that they have no concern for the interests of their people or the future of their country. Since the tragedy, clear evidence has been provided regarding the responsibility of the Zelenskyy regime and its Western sponsors.

Ukraine’s delegate rebutted that accusing President Putin’s “criminal regime” of blowing up the Kakhovka Dam in an attempt to prevent Ukraine’s possible counteroffensive actions. The Russian Federation, refusing to rescue civilians in the affected areas, also declined the United Nations request to access these areas. He also sounded the alarm that — according to intelligence information — Moscow is considering a terrorist attack at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station with radiation leakage. Appeasement options — such as territorial concessions — will only serve as delayed-action mines, “with the detonator in the hands of the Kremlin”, he stressed.
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