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The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “The past sixteen months has seen immense loss, suffering and devastation in Ukraine.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

29 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Close up, SC President
4. Med shot, Kyslytsya
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“The past sixteen months has seen immense loss, suffering and devastation in Ukraine. As the conflict has intensified, diplomatic efforts and initiatives by Member States seeking de-escalation and calling for a peaceful settlement have also increased. The United Nations stands ready to support all meaningful efforts to bring a just and sustainable peace to Ukraine. In this we are guided by international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and relevant General Assembly resolutions, as the Secretary-General has repeatedly emphasized.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“The supply of weapons into any armed conflict situations raises significant concerns about the potential escalation of violence and the risks of diversion. Measures to address the risk of diversion to unauthorized end users and for unauthorized uses are essential for preventing further instability and insecurity in Ukraine, the region and beyond.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“The impact of the intensifying war in Ukraine on civilians continues to be an area of serious concern. From 24 February 2022 to 18 June 2023, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 24,862 civilian casualties in Ukraine, with 9,083 killed and 15,779 injured. The actual figures are likely to be considerably higher.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“The vast majority of civilian casualties are a result of the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects. The missile attack in central Kramatorsk on 27 June which killed 12 people is a case in point. The Secretary-General has unequivocally urged all sides to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, as such use is highly likely to result in indiscriminate harm.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“In addition to the thousands of civilians killed and injured, the continued and intensified attacks against essential critical infrastructure and services, including energy infrastructure, health and educational facilities, roads and bridges is alarming. Mines and explosive remnants of war have resulted in widespread land contamination rendering land unusable for agriculture, while impeding the movement of people. The destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam is possibly the most significant incident of damage to civilian infrastructure since the start of the war.”
12. Pan left, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russia:
“Threats stemming from Western weapons being supplied to Ukraine are continuing to grow and multiply. As our Western ex-partners continue to make continuous attempts to shift all blame for what is going on in Ukraine, on to Russia. Inconsistencies in the narrative they are promoting are clear, Western countries are persistently trying to make the international community forget that the crisis in Ukraine, just like Western supplies to Kyiv, have begun long before the Special Military Operation. Today, thanks to revelations from a whole number of high-ranking politicians at the time, we know that the systematic pumping up Ukraine full of weapons and work to prepare it for war with Russia was going on all these years behind the curtains of the Minsk Agreements.”
14. Med shot, Kyslytsya
15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russia:
“In a militaristic frenzy, having become completely untethered from reality, the West is deliberately provoking a direct confrontation between nuclear powers.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
"The UK government has been clear about the military support that we have provided for the defense of Ukraine. The bravery and endless determination of Ukrainians is their own. But we are proud to support them in their fight to be free. And we're not just providing weapons, around 17,000 Ukrainian soldiers have received training in the UK since the start of Russia's invasion, and we will also support Ukraine peace is won to rebuild their country.”
18. Med shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“Saturday's events also highlighted that the safety and security of weapon arsenals on Russian territory are easily compromised by underlying information.”
20. Med shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“Ukraine continues to do its best in order to survive and to stop the evil. We are grateful to all responsible nations that support us, including by supplying necessary weapons. Their use has been an element of Ukraine exercising the inherent right to self-defense under the abovementioned Article 51 of the UN Charter for a noble goal – to restore respect to the UN Charter.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:
The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “The past sixteen months has seen immense loss, suffering and devastation in Ukraine.”

Addressing the Security Council today (29 June), Nakamitsu said, “The United Nations stands ready to support all meaningful efforts to bring a just and sustainable peace to Ukraine.”

She explained, “In this we are guided by international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and relevant General Assembly resolutions, as the Secretary-General has repeatedly emphasized.”

Nakamitsu also said, “The supply of weapons into any armed conflict situations raises significant concerns about the potential escalation of violence and the risks of diversion.”

She continued, “Measures to address the risk of diversion to unauthorized end users and for unauthorized uses are essential for preventing further instability and insecurity in Ukraine, the region and beyond.”

The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affair noted, “The impact of the intensifying war in Ukraine on civilians continues to be an area of serious concern.”

From 24 February 2022 to 18 June 2023, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 24,862 civilian casualties in Ukraine, with 9,083 killed and 15,779 injured. “The actual figures,” she added, “are likely to be considerably higher.”

According to Nakamitsu, “The vast majority of civilian casualties are a result of the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects. The missile attack in central Kramatorsk on 27 June which killed 12 people is a case in point.”

She reiterated, “The Secretary-General has unequivocally urged all sides to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, as such use is highly likely to result in indiscriminate harm.”

Nakamitsu also said, “In addition to the thousands of civilians killed and injured, the continued and intensified attacks against essential critical infrastructure and services, including energy infrastructure, health and educational facilities, roads and bridges is alarming.”

She noted, “Mines and explosive remnants of war have resulted in widespread land contamination rendering land unusable for agriculture, while impeding the movement of people.”

“The destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam,” she continued, “is possibly the most significant incident of damage to civilian infrastructure since the start of the war.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Council that “threats stemming from Western weapons being supplied to Ukraine are continuing to grow and multiply.”

He added, “As our Western ex-partners continue to make continuous attempts to shift all blame for what is going on in Ukraine, on to Russia. Inconsistencies in the narrative they are promoting are clear, Western countries are persistently trying to make the international community forget that the crisis in Ukraine, just like Western supplies to Kyiv, have begun long before the Special Military Operation.”

He also added, “In a militaristic frenzy, having become completely untethered from reality, the West is deliberately provoking a direct confrontation between nuclear powers.”

Barbara Woodward, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, said that “The UK government has been clear about the military support that we have provided for the defense of Ukraine.”

She added, “The bravery and endless determination of Ukrainians is their own. But we are proud to support them in their fight to be free.”

Woodward continued, “And we're not just providing weapons, around 17,000 Ukrainian soldiers have received training in the UK since the start of Russia's invasion, and we will also support Ukraine peace is won to rebuild their country.”

Speaking for Ukraine, Sergiy Kyslytsya, said that “Saturday's events also highlighted that the safety and security of weapon arsenals on Russian territory are easily compromised by underlying information.”

Ambassador Kyslytsya added, “Ukraine continues to do its best in order to survive and to stop the evil.”

Kyslytsya continued “We are grateful to all responsible nations that support us, including by supplying necessary weapons. Their use has been an element of Ukraine exercising the inherent right to self-defense under the abovementioned Article 51 of the UN Charter for a noble goal – to restore respect to the UN Charter.”
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