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A top UN official for Europe, Central Asia and Americas said, “Amidst global challenges and crises, the international community must sustain its focus on Ukraine and end the suffering caused by this war.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY – FILE


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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

21 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Representative of Ukraine
4. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“While prospects for peace may seem distant, and the risk of further escalation looms, urgent efforts must be undertaken to minimize the impact on civilians. Amidst global challenges and crises, the international community must sustain its focus on Ukraine and end the suffering caused by this war.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“International solidarity and support for winter and beyond, including through timely donor contributions, remains essential. Some 360,000 people have already received winter support. But 435 million US dollars are still urgently required to deliver house repair materials, winter clothes, heating appliances, fuel and repairs to district water and heating systems for 1.7 million people in need.”
7. Med shot, speaker on screens
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“We are also concerned about the disregard of international law in the regions of Ukraine currently under Russian control. Russian officials are holding so called elections, appointing Russian judges, and applying Russian law, even retroactively. Policies aimed at forcefully changing or imposing institutions and identities have far-reaching consequences and are unacceptable.”
9. Med shot, speaker on screens
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Hollingworth, Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The war in Ukraine is driving food insecurity inside the country - and this a country that used to feed 400 million people around the world per year, before February 2022. Right now, we know from our surveys that in 80 percent of settlements close to the front-line, people face barriers in accessing food.”
11. Med shot, Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Hollingworth, Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Today, the war in Ukraine means fields are contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance and households are unable to grow food to feed themselves. Approximately 174,000 square kilometers, roughly 30 percent of Ukraine's territory, have been affected by the conflict and are potentially contaminated by remnants of war.”
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The chance for peace was lost by Ukraine at least twice already - in the case of the Minsk agreements and also in March - April 2022, in the course of this special military operation. Then, because of the pressure by United States and UK, the Zelenskyy regime who refused to continue peace negotiations with Russia and opted for a senseless war down to the last of Ukrainian and an attempt to please the West by strategical defeat of a nuclear power.”
14. Med shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“Starvation as one of Russia’s methods of warfare has encompassed various components since day one of the full-scale invasion. These include blocking Ukrainian food exports, shelling Ukrainian ports and grain stores, mining Ukrainian fertile soils and turning them into battlefields.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union:
“The EU supports all efforts including those of the United Nations to facilitate exports of Ukraine's grain and other agricultural products to the countries most in need.”
17. Wide shot, meeting ended
18. Pan left, Nebenzya walking to stakeout
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Today’s meeting of the Security Council, which was requested by the USA and Albania, presented a good opportunity to discuss the tenth anniversary of the so called EuroMaidan in Kyiv, a wave of civil unrest orchestrated by the West, full of bloodshed that led to the unconstitutional coup d'etat.”
18. Pan right, Nebenzya walking away


STORYLINE:

A top UN official for Europe, Central Asia and Americas said, “Amidst global challenges and crises, the international community must sustain its focus on Ukraine and end the suffering caused by this war.”

Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas today (21 Nov) briefed the Council on the situation in Ukraine.

He said, “While prospects for peace may seem distant, and the risk of further escalation looms, urgent efforts must be undertaken to minimize the impact on civilians.”

Jenča added, “International solidarity and support for winter and beyond, including through timely donor contributions, remains essential. Some 360,000 people have already received winter support.”

According to him, “435 million US dollars are still urgently required to deliver house repair materials, winter clothes, heating appliances, fuel and repairs to district water and heating systems for 1.7 million people in need.”

He said, “We are also concerned about the disregard of international law in the regions of Ukraine currently under Russian control. Russian officials are holding so called elections, appointing Russian judges, and applying Russian law, even retroactively.”

Jenča continued, "policies aimed at forcefully changing or imposing institutions and identities have far-reaching consequences and are unacceptable.”

Also addressing the Council, Matthew Hollingworth, Country Director from the World Food Programme (WFP), said, “The war in Ukraine is driving food insecurity inside the country - and this a country that used to feed 400 million people around the world per year, before February 2022.”

He continued, “right now, we know from our surveys that in 80 percent of settlements close to the front-line, people face barriers in accessing food.”

Hollingworth added, “today, the war in Ukraine means fields are contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance and households are unable to grow food to feed themselves. Approximately 174,000 square kilometers, roughly 30 percent of Ukraine's territory, have been affected by the conflict and are potentially contaminated by remnants of war.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said, “The chance for peace was lost by Ukraine at least twice already - in the case of the Minsk agreements and also in March - April 2022, in the course of this special military operation. Then because of the pressure by United States and UK, the Zelenskyy regime who refused to continue peace negotiations with Russia and opted for a senseless war down to the last of Ukrainian and an attempt to please the West by strategical defeat of a nuclear power.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told Council members that “Starvation as one of Russia’s methods of warfare has encompassed various components since day one of the full-scale invasion."

He continued, "these include blocking Ukrainian food exports, shelling Ukrainian ports and grain stores, mining Ukrainian fertile soils and turning them into battlefields.”

Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, speaking on behalf of the European Union and its member states, candidate counties North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the potential candidate country Georgia, as well as Andorra, Monaco and San Marino, said, “the EU supports all efforts including those of the United Nations to facilitate exports of Ukraine's grain and other agricultural products to the countries most in need.”

After the meeting Russian Ambassador talked to reporters. He said, “today’s meeting of the Security Council, which was requested by the USA and Albania, presented a good opportunity to discuss the tenth anniversary of the so called EuroMaidan in Kyiv, a wave of civil unrest orchestrated by the West, full of bloodshed that led to the unconstitutional coup d'etat.”

According to Nebenzya, Russia will convene an Arria-formula meeting on this issue in December.
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