UN / UKRAINE

25-Apr-2019 00:03:58
Addressing the Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya said, “Russia is not imposing citizenship upon people in Donbas, but providing an opportunity to freely and on their own, in an orderly fashion, to apply for that in the relevant authorities in the territory.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

15 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Let me underscore once again, Russia is not imposing citizenship upon people in Donbas, but providing an opportunity to freely and on their own, in an orderly fashion, to apply for that in the relevant authorities in the territory.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“We are not interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, we are not involved in creeping annexation. We are simply providing people with opportunity to resolve the drastically important issues for them. And this is because of the Kiva authorities are refusing to do that. And by doing that, they are violating the Minsk Agreement, and the people will themselves decide whether they take up this right or not. After all, hundreds of thousands Ukrainians, even prior to the decree, applied for Russian citizenship. We never rejected them and what we are doing now is simply streamlining for the most vulnerable.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“This is nothing else but a thinly veiled attempt to vindicate the ongoing occupation of these territories, to wrest them from Ukraine and dismember my country. This is nothing else but an artificial pretext to continue sending Russian troops to Ukraine and sustain the undisguised military aggression against my country. This is nothing else but a premeditated and concerted effort to undercut prospects for a peace settlement on the basis of full and proper implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”
8. Close up, Russian delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“As stressed by President of Ukraine, signing of the decree is yet "another interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of an independent state. A brutal violations of sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine. It is also a complete trampling by Russia on its obligations in the framework of the Minsk Agreements."
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The United Nations underlines its commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout
15. SOUNDBTIE (English) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“We, as Member States of the European Union fully support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its international recognized boarder. The signature by the Russian President of a decree entitling inter alia, people who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions to apply for Russian Citizenship in simplified manner, undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout
17. SOUNDBITE (English) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“We expect Russia to refrain from any such actions that jeopardize the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and that impede the full restoration of Ukrainian government control of those areas as prescribed in the agreements. Russia must in particular end its financial support to these separatists.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout
19. SOUNDBITE (English) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“We call on all parties to fully implement their commitments under the Minsk Agreements, beginning with a comprehensive, strong and lasting ceasefire and withdraw all of heavy weaponry and to engage constructively in the Normandy format and the trilateral contact group. We insist that the Security Council must remain cease of the matter as these violations of international law are a global concern.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout
STORYLINE
Addressing the Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya said, “Russia is not imposing citizenship upon people in Donbas, but providing an opportunity to freely and on their own, in an orderly fashion, to apply for that in the relevant authorities in the territory.”

Speaking about a decree by the Kremlin on providing Russian citizenship to the people in Donbas, the Russian Ambassador today (25 Apr) reiterated, “we are not interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, we are not involved in creeping annexation. We are simply providing people with opportunity to resolve the drastically important issues for them.”

Nebenzya continued, “and this is because of the Kiva authorities are refusing to do that. And by doing that, they are violating the Minsk Agreement, and the people will themselves decide whether they take up this right or not. After all, hundreds of thousands Ukrainians, even prior to the decree, applied for Russian citizenship. We never rejected them and what we are doing now is simply streamlining for the most vulnerable.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko told the Council that the action taken by Russia is “nothing else but a thinly veiled attempt to vindicate the ongoing occupation of these territories, to wrest them from Ukraine and dismember my country.”

He added, “this is nothing else but an artificial pretext to continue sending Russian troops to Ukraine and sustain the undisguised military aggression against my country. This is nothing else but a premeditated and concerted effort to undercut prospects for a peace settlement on the basis of full and proper implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”

Quoting his President, the Ukrainian Ambassador stressed the signing of the decree is yet "another interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of an independent state. A brutal violations of sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine. It is also a complete trampling by Russia on its obligations in the framework of the Minsk Agreements."

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Council “the United Nations underlines its commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, in accordance with relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”

She noted the United Nations expects that the spirit and the letter of the Minsk agreements will be respected by all concerned. She also urged all parties to avoid any unilateral steps that may potentially undermine the implementation of these agreements and to address concerns through constructive dialogue in the existing negotiation formats.

Updating the Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Ursula Mueller noted that after five years of conflict, more than 3,300 civilians killed and up to 9,000 injured, 3.5 million people still need humanitarian assistance and protection.

Since April 2014, over 1,000 civilians were killed or injured by mines and explosive remnants of war. Mine-related incidents was the leading cause of casualties among children last year.

Earlier this afternoon, speaking on behalf of the EU members Belgium, France, German, Poland and UK, joint by Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, the French Ambassador François Delattre told reporters that “we, as Member States of the European Union fully support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its international recognized boarder.”

The French Ambassador noted, “the signature by the Russian President of a decree entitling inter alia, people who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions to apply for Russian Citizenship in simplified manner, undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

Delattre noted that the timing of such a decision immediately after Ukraine’s presidential election, which demonstrated Ukraine’s strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law, shows Russia’s intention to future destabilize Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict.

He said, “we expect Russia to refrain from any such actions that jeopardize the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and that impede the full restoration of Ukrainian government control of those areas as prescribed in the agreements. Russian must in particular end its financial support to these separatists.”

The French Ambassador called on all parties to fully implement their commitments under the Minsk Agreements, beginning with a comprehensive, strong and lasting ceasefire and withdraw all of heavy weaponry and to engage constructively in the Normandy format and the trilateral contact group.

He reiterated that we insist that the Security Council must remain cease of the matter as these violations of international law are a global concern.
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