UN / UKRAINE VOTE

27-Feb-2022 00:04:49
The Security Council adopted a Uniting for Peace resolution, calling for an Emergency Special Session” (ESS) of the General Assembly to consider and recommend collective action on the situation in Ukraine. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE VOTE
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DATELINE: 27 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Russian Ambassador
4. Various shots, Security Council vote
5. SOUNDUP (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in document S/ 2022/160, please raise your hand. I request that those who are against the resolution raise their hand. Abstentions, kindly raise your hands. The result of the voting is as follows, 11 votes in favour, one vote against, three abstentions. In line with established procedure at the Security Council, this matter and this vote was procedural in nature. The draft resolution is now deemed to be adopted as resolution 2623 (2022).”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“For the first time in decades, it is called for an emergency special session in the General Assembly. The Council members who supported this resolution recognize that this is no ordinary moment. We need to take extraordinary actions to meet this threat to our international system and do everything we can to help Ukraine and its people. Just this morning, President Putin put Russia's nuclear forces on higher alert even though he is invading a country with no nuclear weapons and is under no threat from NATO, a defensive alliance that will not fight in Ukraine. This is another escalatory an unnecessary step that threatens us all.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, China:
“China supports and encourages all diplomatic efforts conducive to a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis, and welcomes the earliest possible direct dialogue and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, China supports equal footed dialogues between the EU and Russia on European security issues and upholding the principle of undividable security to eventually form a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Any attempt to circumvent the position of the Russian Federation, any attempt to disregard it, undermines the very bedrock of the UN Charter. There is a need not to push through such schemes, but rather to endeavour to find common ground regardless of our Western partners attempts to avoid this, including when they disregarded our legitimate concerns in connection with NATO's policy and the Western countries’ violation of the core principles of the OSCE on the indivisibility of security.”
12. Wide shot, Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“We condemn that Belarus is being deeply engaged in the armed aggression against Ukraine. Since the beginning of the Russian aggression, this country has provided his territory for Russian offensive. Today, the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr, in fact the airport Zhytomyr, was hit by Iskander missiles launched from the territory of Belarus. What an invitation for the negotiations at the border. Or was it an escalation for raising stakes by the aggressor on the eve of the negotiations.”
14. Wide shot, Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Russia will have to answer for his behaviour at the World Court in the Hague. The Court has jurisdiction to hear Ukraine's case and to order emergency measures on the basis of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. So called, Genocide Convention.”
16. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Security Council today (27 Feb) adopted a Uniting for Peace resolution, calling for an Emergency Special Session” (ESS) of the General Assembly to consider and recommend collective action on the situation in Ukraine.

Uniting for Peace is a resolution, whereby the Council refers a situation on which its permanent members are deadlocked to the General Assembly. It is the first such resolution the Council has adopted in four decades.

The resolution, adopted with eleven votes in favour, one vote against, and three abstentions, cannot be vetoed.

After the vote, United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, “for the first time in decades, it is called for an emergency special session in the General Assembly. The Council members who supported this resolution recognize that this is no ordinary moment. We need to take extraordinary actions to meet this threat to our international system and do everything we can to help Ukraine and its people.”

The US Ambassador noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “put Russia's nuclear forces on higher alert even though he is invading a country with no nuclear weapons and is under no threat from NATO, a defensive alliance that will not fight in Ukraine” and said, “this is another escalatory an unnecessary step that threatens us all.”

Zhang Jun, the Ambassador of China, which voted to abstain, said, “China supports and encourages all diplomatic efforts conducive to a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis, and welcomes the earliest possible direct dialogue and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, China supports equal footed dialogues between the EU and Russia on European security issues and upholding the principle of undividable security to eventually form a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Council that “any attempt to circumvent the position of the Russian Federation, any attempt to disregard it, undermines the very bedrock of the UN Charter.”

Nebenzya said, “there is a need not to push through such schemes, but rather to endeavour to find common ground regardless of our Western partners attempts to avoid this, including when they disregarded our legitimate concerns in connection with NATO's policy and the Western countries’ violation of the core principles of the OSCE on the indivisibility of security.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya condemned that Belarus “is being deeply engaged in the armed aggression against Ukraine.”

“Since the beginning of the Russian aggression,” he said, “this country has provided his territory for Russian offensive” and told the Council that today, the airport in Zhytomyr, “was hit by Iskander missiles launched from the territory of Belarus.”

Kyslytsya said, “what an invitation for the negotiations at the border. Or was it an escalation for raising stakes by the aggressor on the eve of the negotiations?”

The Ukrainian Ambassador told the Council that Ukraine is referring the Russian Federation to the International Criminal Court. He said, “Russia will have to answer for his behaviour at the World Court in the Hague. The Court has jurisdiction to hear Ukraine's case and to order emergency measures on the basis of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. So called, Genocide Convention.”
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