UN / UKRAINE WEAPONS SUPPLY

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A top UN official of the Office for Disarmament Affairs said that the impact on civilians of the intensifying war in Ukraine “continues to be an area of serious concern”. UNIFEED


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DATELINE: 13 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

13 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“The provision of military assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine has continued in the context of the full-scale invasion of that country, launched by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law. Information from Governments regarding their transfers of weapons systems and ammunition is largely accessible through open sources.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“Reports related to the use of anti-personnel landmines and the use and transfer of cluster munitions in Ukraine are deeply concerning. On behalf of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, I call for an immediate end to the use of these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons which has severe and lasting humanitarian impacts.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
“The impact on civilians of the intensifying war in Ukraine continues to be an area of serious concern. From 24 February 2022 to 8 October 2023, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 27,768 civilian casualties in Ukraine, with 9,806 killed and 17,962 injured. The actual figures are likely to be considerably higher. The vast majority of civilian casualties are a result of the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects, including by shelling from artillery, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems, cruise and ballistic missiles and by air strikes.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The Western sponsors of the Kyiv regime are trying to play down the ever louder calls from civil society in different countries as to what is the situation with a rampant corruption in Ukraine, giving these huge sums of weapons that are being allocated. However, it also seems rather that control for these arm supplies if very weak or just doesn’t exist.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“For example, just a few days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that weapons that are being supplied by the West were located on the boarder of Israel. The fact that weapons from Ukraine turning up in the Middle East, according to corrupt schemes, is something that on Monday, the representative of Kyiv regime actually mentioned, he actually tried to pin the blame for that on Russia.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Serhii Dvornyk, Counsellor, Political Section, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“On Monday, we drew attention of the Council that he [Vasily Nebenzya] might add another fake to the list of those related to weapons supplies. This time about alleged transfers to the Middle East. And we were not mistaken. And by its statement Russia hit a new low. Actually, what can we expect from terrorists and liars haven't already fed the Council with fairy tales about biolabs, dirty bombs and war mosquitoes. As always, absence of any credible evidence that has been hidden behind plan to have pieces of information randomly taken from the internet or produced by the Russian propaganda.”
14. Med shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Serhii Dvornyk, Counsellor, Political Section, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“The future that we build together in the interests of the entire humankind - prosperous, save, based on multilateralism and free from wars, poverty and hunger. Ukraine stance in defense of this vision of future and every success on the ground, brings this vision closer to the reality.”
16. Wide shot, meeting room


STORYLINE:

A top UN official of the Office for Disarmament Affairs said that the impact on civilians of the intensifying war in Ukraine “continues to be an area of serious concern”.

Addressing a Security Council meeting called by the Russian Federation on the transfer of weapons to Ukraine, Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, said, “the provision of military assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine has continued in the context of the full-scale invasion of that country, launched by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.”

Ebo noted that information from Governments regarding their transfers of weapons systems and ammunition “is largely accessible through open sources”.

He continued, “Reports related to the use of anti-personnel landmines and the use and transfer of cluster munitions in Ukraine are deeply concerning.”

Ebo said, “on behalf of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, I call for an immediate end to the use of these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons which has severe and lasting humanitarian impacts.”

According to Ebo, “From 24 February 2022 to 8 October 2023, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded 27,768 civilian casualties in Ukraine, with 9,806 killed and 17,962 injured. The actual figures are likely to be considerably higher.”

He added, “the vast majority of civilian casualties are a result of the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects, including by shelling from artillery, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems, cruise and ballistic missiles and by air strikes.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Security Council that “the Western sponsors of the Kyiv regime are trying to play down the ever louder calls from civil society in different countries as to what is the situation with a rampant corruption in Ukraine, giving these huge sums of weapons that are being allocated.”

He added, “However, it also seems rather that control for these arm supplies if very weak or just doesn’t exist.”

Nebenzya said, “For example, just a few days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that weapons that are being supplied by the West were located on the boarder of Israel. The fact that weapons from Ukraine turning up in the Middle East, according to corrupt schemes, is something that on Monday, the representative of Kyiv regime actually mentioned, he actually tried to pin the blame for that on Russia.”

For his part, Ukraine’s representative Serhii Dvornyk said, “On Monday, we drew attention of the Council that he [Vasily Nebenzya] might add another fake to the list of those related to weapons supplies. This time about alleged transfers to the Middle East. And we were not mistaken.”

He continued, “by its statement Russia hit a new low.” He said, “actually, what can we expect from terrorists and liars haven't already fed the Council with fairy tales about biolabs, dirty bombs and war mosquitoes. As always, absence of any credible evidence that has been hidden behind plan to have pieces of information randomly taken from the internet or produced by the Russian propaganda.”

Dvornyk told the Council that “the future that we build together in the interests of the entire humankind - prosperous, save, based on multilateralism and free from wars, poverty and hunger.”

He concluded, “Ukraine stance in defense of this vision of future and every success on the ground, brings this vision closer to the reality.”
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