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A top UN official said that in Ukraine, “intensifying Russian attacks on the country’s energy facilities, amidst heavy snow and freezing temperatures, are worsening the dire humanitarian conditions across the country.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Med shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

06 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Representative of Ukraine
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The cold winter weather has arrived in war-torn Ukraine. Intensifying Russian attacks on the country’s energy facilities, amidst heavy snow and freezing temperatures, are worsening the dire humanitarian conditions across the country.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine – in violation of the UN Charter and international law - the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified 10,065 civilians killed and 18,679 injured. The actual figures are likely considerably higher.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“Mr. President, as long as the war continues, all four Ukraine’s nuclear power plants remain at risk. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located dangerously close to the front line - suffered a complete off-site power outage. This was the eighth time since the start of the invasion. Last Wednesday, the IAEA team at the Khmelnitsky Nuclear Power Plant in western Ukraine reported hearing several explosions close to the plant. The plant was not directly affected. Yet, the incident reminded of the risks faced by Ukrainian nuclear sites – even those away from active combat.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Amid freezing temperatures, this damage is particularly threatening the survival of the most vulnerable – among them the elderly and those with disabilities – who are already suffering because of disruption to essential services caused by the war. The situation is deeply concerning. I must reiterate that international humanitarian law is very clear: attacks must never be directed against civilians or civilian objects and constant care must be taken to spare them at all times.”
12. Med shot, Security Council, Rajasingham on screens
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“So far in 2023, almost 560 humanitarian partners – the majority of them local organizations – have provided life-critical aid and protection services to more than 10 million people.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations:
“Russian aggression has not only been a direct challenge to the UN Charter, it has resulted in a massive humanitarian crisis with consequences far beyond Europe. We have heard an ever-growing list of nonsensical justifications by Russia for waging and continuing this unjustified war. De-nazification. NATO. Biological pathogens spread through bats and birds. A crusade against Satanists. A humanitarian mission to protect Russian speakers. Russophobia. The list goes on. Russia hopes people will believe their lies if repeated enough.””
16. Med shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dmitriy Polyanskiy, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The US and the allies couldn't care less about Ukrainians in actual fact. It was in April last year when the former British PM Boris Johnson, and the head of the American Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, managed to dissuade the head of the Kyiv regime to sign an already initial draft peace agreement with Russia. Today in Kyiv, they are biting their nails, they understand that such beneficial conditions for peace will never be again in Ukraine.”
18. Med shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“We have time and time again underscored the fact that the presence of the Russian delegation in this chamber continues to remain a key obstacle one which impedes the Council's ability to efficiently conduct efforts that have been asked of it to restore international peace and security. In fact, the presence of Putin's Russia has turned into a common challenge to ensuring the effectiveness of international framework because it gives Russia more power to instigate conflicts in various countries and to trigger crisis.”
20. Med shot, Deputy Head of the European Union speaking
21. SOUNBITE (English) Hedda Samson, Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United Nations:
“I wish to make two further points: Russia's targeting of Ukraine's critical infrastructure is unacceptable and must stop; and the EU is fully engaged in efforts to alleviate the humanitarian consequences of Russia's aggression.”
22. Zoom out, meeting ended

STORYLINE:

A top UN official said that in Ukraine, “intensifying Russian attacks on the country’s energy facilities, amidst heavy snow and freezing temperatures, are worsening the dire humanitarian conditions across the country.”

Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas today (06 Dec) briefed the Council on the situation in Ukraine.

According to him, “Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine – in violation of the UN Charter and international law - the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified 10,065 civilians killed and 18,679 injured.”

He added, “the actual figures are likely considerably higher.”

Jenča said, “as long as the war continues, all four Ukraine’s nuclear power plants remain at risk.”

He continued, “On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located dangerously close to the front line - suffered a complete off-site power outage. This was the eighth time since the start of the invasion.”

Jenča added, “Last Wednesday, the IAEA team at the Khmelnitsky Nuclear Power Plant in western Ukraine reported hearing several explosions close to the plant. The plant was not directly affected. Yet, the incident reminded of the risks faced by Ukrainian nuclear sites – even those away from active combat.”

Also speaking at the Council, Ramesh Rajasingham, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, “Amid freezing temperatures, this damage is particularly threatening the survival of the most vulnerable – among them the elderly and those with disabilities – who are already suffering because of disruption to essential services caused by the war.”

He stressed, “The situation is deeply concerning. I must reiterate that international humanitarian law is very clear: attacks must never be directed against civilians or civilian objects and constant care must be taken to spare them at all times.”

According to Rajasingham, “so far in 2023, almost 560 humanitarian partners – the majority of them local organizations – have provided life-critical aid and protection services to more than 10 million people.”

The United States’ Deputy Permanent Representative, Robert A. Wood, said, “Russian aggression has not only been a direct challenge to the UN Charter, it has resulted in a massive humanitarian crisis with consequences far beyond Europe.”

He continued, “we have heard an ever-growing list of nonsensical justifications by Russia for waging and continuing this unjustified war. De-nazification. NATO. Biological pathogens spread through bats and birds. A crusade against Satanists. A humanitarian mission to protect Russian speakers. Russophobia. The list goes on.”

Wood added, “Russia hopes people will believe their lies if repeated enough.”

Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, told the Council members, “the US and the allies couldn't care less about Ukrainians in actual fact. It was in April last year when the former British PM Boris Johnson, and the head of the American Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, managed to dissuade the head of the Kyiv regime to sign an already initial draft peace agreement with Russia.”

He added, “today in Kyiv, they are biting their nails, they understand that such beneficial conditions for peace will never be again in Ukraine.”

For his part, Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukrainian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “We have time and time again underscored the fact that the presence of the Russian delegation in this chamber continues to remain a key obstacle one which impedes the Council's ability to efficiently conduct efforts that have been asked of it to restore international peace and security.”

He added, “In fact, the presence of Putin's Russia has turned into a common challenge to ensuring the effectiveness of international framework because it gives Russia more power to instigate conflicts in various countries and to trigger crisis.”

Speaking on behalf of the European Union and its member states, candidate countries 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, Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United Nations, Hedda Samson, said, “I wish to make two further points: Russia's targeting of Ukraine's critical infrastructure is unacceptable and must stop; and the EU is fully engaged in efforts to alleviate the humanitarian consequences of Russia's aggression.”
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