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28-Feb-2022 00:04:41
United Nations top humanitarian officials warned the Security Council on Monday that the crisis in Ukraine is putting the lives of millions of civilians at stake, with plans being drafted for up to four million refugees in the coming days and weeks. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 28 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior shot, exterior UN Headquarters

28 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
"We've all been watching the military offensive in Ukraine with a sense of disbelief and horror. As we feared, as we all feared, civilians are already paying the price. The scale of civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure, even in these early days, is alarming. Humanitarian needs are growing at an alarming pace in the hardest-hit areas. Civilian children, women, and men have been injured and killed. Homes have been damaged and sometimes destroyed."
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
"And the longer this goes on, the greater the human cost for civilians. Children will miss school and face a greater risk of physical harm, displacement, and an unimaginable severe emotional distress. Women, so often disproportionately affected by conflict, as we often discussed in this chamber, will be at even greater risk of gender-based violence. Women and children may be exposed to other forms of exploitation. The economy of Ukraine could implode, which will further exacerbate humanitarian needs and create a ripple effect that travel far beyond Ukraine's borders."
6. Med shot, Russian ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
"The lives of millions of civilians are simply at stake. We know from other recent conflicts how brutal, deadly, and protracted urban warfare can be. We know how countries’ economies can be devasted. Infrastructure investment and development gains set back an entire generation, and we know enough to know we don't yet know what will be the consequences of the events we observe today. This should never happen, in any country. Every effort must be made, of course, to de-escalate the conflict."
8. Split screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"As we speak, there are 520,000 refugees from Ukraine in neighboring countries. This figure has been rising exponentially, hour after hour, since Thursday. I have worked in refugee crises for almost 40 years and I have rarely seen such an incredibly fast exodus of people — the largest, surely, within Europe, since the Balkan wars."
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"I regret to say that unless there is an immediate halt to conflict, Ukrainians will continue to flee. We are currently planning — I repeat: planning — for up to four million refugees in the coming days and weeks. Such a rapid increase would be a huge burden for receiving states and would undoubtedly stress reception systems and related resources. Like all countries hosting refugees around the world, they cannot be left alone to shoulder the responsibility."
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
"Let me say — as an old humanitarian worker myself — that the responsibility that you have — to ensure that eventually peace and security for all prevail over power struggles and narrow national interests— has never been as urgent, and as indispensable a task, as it is tonight. If you fail —if we fail — it might be too late for us all."
14. Med shot, Russian ambassador
STORYLINE
United Nations top humanitarian officials warned the Security Council on Monday that the crisis in Ukraine is putting the lives of millions of civilians at stake, with plans being drafted for up to four million refugees in the coming days and weeks.

Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that the world was watching the events with "a sense of disbelief and horror" and that, as everyone feared, "civilians are already paying the price."

"The scale of civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure, even in these early days, is alarming. Humanitarian needs are growing at an alarming pace in the hardest-hit areas. Civilian children, women, and men have been injured and killed. Homes have been damaged and sometimes destroyed," the humanitarian chief informed.

As of Sunday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported at least 406 civilian casualties, including at least 102 dead. The real figure could be considerably higher, as many reported casualties have yet to be confirmed.

At least 160,000 people have been internally displaced across Ukraine, fleeing for safety, and the actual figure is likely much higher.

For Griffiths, "the longer this goes on, the greater the human cost for civilians."

"Children will miss school and face a greater risk of physical harm, displacement, and an unimaginable severe emotional distress. Women, so often disproportionately affected by conflict, as we often discussed in this chamber, will be at even greater risk of gender-based violence. Women and children may be exposed to other forms of exploitation. The economy of Ukraine could implode, which will further exacerbate humanitarian needs and create a ripple effect that travel far beyond Ukraine's borders," he said.

Stressing "how brutal, deadly, and protracted urban warfare can be", the Under-Secretary-General warned that "the lives of millions of civilians are simply at stake."

On his turn, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, informed that there are 520,000 refugees from Ukraine in neighboring countries.

"This figure has been rising exponentially, hour after hour, since Thursday. I have worked in refugee crises for almost 40 years and I have rarely seen such an incredibly fast exodus of people — the largest, surely, within Europe, since the Balkan wars," Grandi said.

According to UNHCR, over 280,000 have fled to Poland. Another 94,000 to Hungary, nearly 40,000 are currently in Moldova; 34,000 in Romania, 30,000 in Slovakia, as well as tens of thousands in other European countries. There are also "a sizeable number" of Ukrainian who have gone to the Russian Federation.

For the High Commissioner, "unless there is an immediate halt to conflict, Ukrainians will continue to flee."

Grandi also said the agency was planning "for up to four million refugees in the coming days and weeks."

"Such a rapid increase would be a huge burden for receiving states and would undoubtedly stress reception systems and related resources. Like all countries hosting refugees around the world, they cannot be left alone to shoulder the responsibility," he argued.

The High Commissioner also stressed how urgent, and indispensable was the task for the Security Council and the international community.

"If you fail —if we fail — it might be too late for us all," Grandi said.

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will launch a humanitarian appeal for this crisis with two components: a three-month Flash Appeal for the situation inside the country and a Regional Refugee Response Plan for the situation outside.
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