UN / UKRAINE

19-Apr-2022 00:03:15
The Head of the United Nations migration agency said it was “crucial” to ensure that people fleeing Ukraine “have access to adequate support and services, and to facilitate their full inclusion in educational and health systems, into the labour market, provide language opportunities, social housing and other needed support.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE
TRT: 03:15
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 19 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

19 APRIL 2022NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council, IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino on screen
3. Med shot, Russian representative
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“It is crucial to plan ahead and invest in order to ensure that all have access to adequate support and services, and to facilitate their full inclusion in educational and health systems, into the labour market, provide language opportunities, social housing and other needed support. We welcome the decision by the European Union to offer temporary protection to those fleeing Ukraine and I reiterate our readiness to support with implementing the directive.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly T. Clements on screen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly T. Clements, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
“In Ukraine the vast majority of those on the move are women and children, and the risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse are high. Anecdotal information is already coming in about persons approaching the displaced with too good to be true promises of work, accommodation and transport. The first identified cases of trafficking confirm that these risks are coming true.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“I am compelled note that the concerns of our Western colleagues about Ukraine and Ukrainians are very short sighted and egotistical in nature. Today they are necessary for you merely as cannon fodder in your direct war against the Russian Federation to the last Ukrainian. At the same time, you have your own interests at the top of your mind. The weapons producers in Western countries are eagerly rubbing their hands calculating their profits from increased demand on military products.”
9. Wide shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“Since the 5th of March, the Government of Ukraine through the ICRC mediation, offered 348 humanitarian routes. 303 of them were agreed upon, but only 176 took place. As of the 18th of April, more than 290,000 people were evacuated. None of story 38 attempts by the Ukrainian authorities to arrange humanitarian corridors for civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha was successful due to the unwillingness of Russia.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. Wide shot, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney walks up to podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence:
“The important thing is to ensure that we do have teams from the ICC on the ground in Bucha and other towns and villages and cities across Ukraine where possible, to make sure that this evidence base is not lost or covered up in some way. And I think that is why it's important that now even in the context of continuing conflict, that we are gathering the evidence to ensure that those responsible can be held to account.”
14. Wide shot, Coveney walks away
STORYLINE
The Head of the United Nations migration agency today (19 Apr) said it was “crucial” to ensure that people fleeing Ukraine “have access to adequate support and services, and to facilitate their full inclusion in educational and health systems, into the labour market, provide language opportunities, social housing and other needed support.”

In his remarks to a Security Council meeting on Ukraine, Antonio Vitorino, who is the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), welcome the decision by the European Union to offer temporary protection to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

He reiterated the IOM’s “readiness to support with implementing the directive.”

In her briefing to the Council, the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly T. Clements, said, “in Ukraine the vast majority of those on the move are women and children, and the risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse are high.”

Anecdotal information, she said, “is already coming in about persons approaching the displaced with too good to be true promises of work, accommodation and transport.” She added that the first identified cases of trafficking “confirm that these risks are coming true.”

Russian Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told the Council that Western countries concerns about Ukraine and Ukrainians “are very short sighted and egotistical in nature.”

Polyanskiy said Ukrainians are seen “merely as cannon fodder in your direct war against the Russian Federation.”

At the same time, he added, “the weapons producers in Western countries are eagerly rubbing their hands calculating their profits from increased demand on military products.”

For his part, Ukraine’s Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said, “since the 5th of March, the Government of Ukraine through the ICRC mediation, offered 348 humanitarian routes. 303 of them were agreed upon, but only 176 took place. As of the 18th of April, more than 290,000 people were evacuated. None of story 38 attempts by the Ukrainian authorities to arrange humanitarian corridors for civilians from Mariupol and Volnovakha was successful due to the unwillingness of Russia.”

Before the meeting, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney, told reporters outside the Council that “the important thing” is to ensure that teams from the International Criminal Court (ICC) are on the ground in Bucha “and other towns and villages and cities across Ukraine where possible, to make sure that this evidence base is not lost or covered up in some way.”

Coveney said, “that is why it's important that now even in the context of continuing conflict, that we are gathering the evidence to ensure that those responsible can be held to account.”

Today’s meeting, which was requested by France and Mexico, focused on the situation of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in Ukraine.
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