UN / UKRAINE RUSSIA ZELENSKYY

05-Apr-2022 00:09:22
Addressing the Security Council on Tuesday, Ukraine's President told Member States he was speaking on behalf of the civilians who died in the six-weeks war by asking them to remove the Russian Federation from the Council, find a way for peace or “dissolve yourself altogether.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE RUSSIA ZELENSKYY
TRT: 09:22
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN /UKRAINIAN/ NATS

DATELINE: 05 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The war in Ukraine is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order and the global peace architecture, founded on the United Nations Charter. Because of its nature, intensity, and consequences.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I will never forget the horrifying images of civilians killed in Bucha. I immediately called for an independent investigation to guarantee effective accountability. I am also deeply shocked by the personal testimony of rapes and sexual violence that are now emerging.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The war in Ukraine must stop — now. We need serious negotiations for peace, based on the principles of the United Nations Charter. This Council is charged with maintaining peace — and doing so in solidarity. I deeply regret the divisions that have prevented the Security Council from acting not only on Ukraine, but on other threats to peace and security around the world. I urge the Council to do everything in its power to end the war and to mitigate its impact, both on the suffering people of Ukraine, and on vulnerable people and developing countries around the world.”
8. Med shot, Security Council President
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The horror deepened this past weekend, as shocking images emerged of dead civilians, some with hands bound, lying in the streets of Bucha, the town near Kyiv formerly held by Russian forces. Many bodies were also found in a mass grave in the same locality. Reports by non-governmental organizations and media also allege summary executions of civilians, rape and looting in the Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kyiv regions.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The many credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, from the areas recently retaken from Russian forces, must not go unanswered. We support efforts to examine these allegations and to gather evidence. Ensuring accountability and justice for acts committed during the war will not be easy, but it is essential.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“In the last six weeks, as we’ve heard, at least 1,430 people have been killed, among them over 121 children. We know this is very likely a serious underestimate. Homes and civilian infrastructure - bridges, hospitals, schools – have been damaged and destroyed. More than 11 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, of whom more than 4.2 million are now refugees in generous neighboring countries as Rosemary was referring to. In total, more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population has fled in this extraordinary short time. And, unfortunately, these figures will continue to rise, until we can find a pause and some peace.”
14. Med shot, Security Council President
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“My counterparts in Moscow received these suggestions and assured me of their intent to carefully study those ideas, which I left with them, and we agreed to remain in close contact. I came away from these meetings believing that we have a long road ahead of us, but it must be travelled, and, Madam President, we will travel it.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine:
“I am addressing you on behalf of the people who honor the memory of the deceased every single day and in the memory of the civilians who died, who were shot and killed in the back of their head after being tortured. Some of them were shot on the street. Others were thrown into their wells, so they died there in suffering. They were killed in their apartments, houses, blowing grenades. Civilians were crushed while sitting in their cars in the middle of the road just for their pleasure. They cut off limbs, cut their throat, smash them, women were raped in front of their children.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine:
“So where is the security that the Security Council needs to guarantee? It's not there. Although there is a Security Council, where is that peace, where are those guarantees that the United Nations needs to guarantee? It is obvious that the key institution of the world which must ensure the coercion of any aggression to peace simply cannot work effectively.”
20. Med shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine:
“They will blame everyone to justify their own actions. They will say that there are various versions and it is impossible to establish which one of those versions is true. They will even say that the bodies were thrown away and all the videos are staged. But it is 2022 now, we have conclusive evidence. There are satellite images, we can conduct full and transparent investigations. That is what we are interested in. Maximum access for journalists, maximum cooperation with international institutions, involvement of the International Criminal Court. We want complete truth and full accountability. I'm sure that every member state of the UN is interested in this. For what? In order to punish once and for and for all those who consider themselves privilege and believe that they can get away with anything, so that all the other war criminals in the world know how they will be punished.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine:
“If you do not know how to make the decision, you can do two things. Either remove Russia, as the aggressor and the source of war, so it cannot block decisions about its own aggression and war. And then do everything that we can do to establish peace. Or the other option is show how we can reform or change and work for peace. Or if there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be to dissolve yourself altogether.”
24. Med shot, Security Council President
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Russia’s participation on the Human Rights Council hurts the Council’s credibility. It undermines the entire UN, and it is just plain wrong. Let us come together to do what is right – and do right by the Ukrainian people. Let us take this step to help them to start to rebuild their lives.”
26. Med shot, Security Council
27. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“And now we're seeing blatant criminally staged events with the Ukrainian civilians that were killed by the radicals in the best traditions of Goebbels to accuse the Russian army. Those killed in the areas from which the Russian forces withdrew after encouraging peace negotiations in Istanbul. Now it turns out that we shouldn't have withdrawn. I’m talking about Bucha, first and foremost. I understand that you were shown corpses and heard testimonies, but you have only saw what they’ve shown you. You cannot ignore the inconsistencies in the version of events which are being promoted by the Ukrainian and Western media.”
28. Wide shot, Security Council
29. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
STORYLINE
Addressing the Security Council on Tuesday, Ukraine's President told Council Members he was speaking on behalf of the civilians who died in the six-weeks war by asking them to remove the Russian Federation from the organization, find a way for peace or “dissolve yourself altogether.”

Zelenskyy said he was speaking for those who were thrown into wells, killed in their houses, crushed while sitting in their cars in the middle of the road, who had their limbs cut of, or were raped in front of their children.

“So where is the security that the Security Council needs to guarantee?,” he asked. “It's not there. Although there is a Security Council, where is that peace, where are those guarantees that the United Nations needs to guarantee? It is obvious that the key institution of the world which must ensure the coercion of any aggression to peace simply cannot work effectively.”

Previewing the Russian Federation defense, the chief of State said the country’s representatives would “blame everyone to justify their own actions.”

“They will say that there are various versions and it is impossible to establish which one of those versions is true. They will even say that the bodies were thrown away and all the videos are staged. But it is 2022 now, we have conclusive evidence,” he said.

The Ukrainian president asked for “full and transparent investigations”, maximum access for journalists, maximum cooperation with international institutions, and the involvement of the International Criminal Court.

“We want complete truth and full accountability. I'm sure that every Member State of the UN is interested in this. For what? In order to punish once and for and for all those who consider themselves privilege and believe that they can get away with anything, so that all the other war criminals in the world know how they will be punished,” he argued.

In his remarks, the United Nations Secretary-General said the war in Ukraine “is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order and the global peace architecture, founded on the United Nations Charter.”

António Guterres said he would “never forget the horrifying images of civilians killed in Bucha”, and called for an immediate independent investigation to guarantee effective accountability.

Noting that the Council is charged with maintaining peace, the UN chief said he deeply regrets the divisions that have prevented the organ from acting not only on Ukraine, but on other threats to peace and security around the world.

“I urge the Council to do everything in its power to end the war and to mitigate its impact, both on the suffering people of Ukraine, and on vulnerable people and developing countries around the world,” Guterres concluded.
Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, also argued that “the many credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, from the areas recently retaken from Russian forces, must not go unanswered.”

She provided an update on the number of victims of the conflict. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, at least 1,480 civilians have been killed and at least 2,195 injured between 24 February and 4 April 2022. OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher.

As of 30 March, OHCHR has documented the arbitrary detention and possible enforced disappearance of 22 journalists and civil society members in Kyiv, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions. 24 local officials have also been detained in regions under Russian control, 13 of whom have been subsequently released.

Also as of 30 March, OHCHR has recorded seven journalists and media workers killed since hostilities began. Another 15 have come under armed attack, nine of whom were injured.

In terms of humanitarian consequences, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, said that homes and civilian infrastructure - bridges, hospitals, schools – have been damaged and destroyed.

More than 11 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, of whom more than 4.2 million are now refugees in generous neighboring countries. In total, more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population has fled.

“And, unfortunately, these figures will continue to rise, until we can find a pause and some peace,” he said.

Last month, the Secretary-General asked Griffiths to bring both sides together, on humanitarian grounds, to explore specific and sustained 5 ways to reduce humanitarian suffering, including pursuing a humanitarian ceasefire.

Today, the Humanitarian chief was briefing the Council having just returned from Moscow, where he had “long and frank” exchanges with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov and his Deputy, Sergei Vershinin, and separately with the Deputy Minister of Defence.

“My counterparts in Moscow received these suggestions and assured me of their intent to carefully study those ideas, which I left with them, and we agreed to remain in close contact. I came away from these meetings believing that we have a long road ahead of us, but it must be travelled, and, Madam President, we will travel it,” Griffiths recounted.

On Wednesday, he hopes to travel to Ukraine to lead discussions with senior authorities from the Ukrainian government on these same issues, and to see first-hand the humanitarian response.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, repeated her request to expel the Russian Federation from the Human Rights Council, stating that the country’s presence “hurts the Council’s credibility.”

“It undermines the entire UN, and it is just plain wrong. Let us come together to do what is right – and do right by the Ukrainian people. Let us take this step to help them to start to rebuild their lives,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

Referring to videos from the city of Bucha, the Russian Federation Permanent Representative, Vasily Nebenzia, said the world was seeing “blatant criminally staged events with the Ukrainian civilians that were killed by the radicals in the best traditions of Goebbels to accuse the Russian army.”

“I understand that you were shown corpses and heard testimonies, but you have only saw what they’ve shown you. You cannot ignore the inconsistencies in the version of events which are being promoted by the Ukrainian and Western media,” Nebenzia said.
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