UN / UKRAINE

21-Oct-2022 00:03:51
The United Nations Political Affairs Chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, said she was “gravely concerned” about the destruction of critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine and said “combined with soaring gas and coal prices, the deprivation caused by these attacks threatens to expose millions of civilians to extreme hardship and even life-endangering conditions this winter. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 21 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

21 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Council President
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“The United Nations is gravely concerned about the destruction of critical energy infrastructure, such as power plants. According to the Ukrainian government, 30 percent of energy facilities have been hit since 10 October. Combined with soaring gas and coal prices, the deprivation caused by these attacks threatens to expose millions of civilians to extreme hardship and even life-endangering conditions this winter. To be clear: under international humanitarian law, attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited.”
6. Med shot, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Denise Brown
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“We are on a path of further escalation, which can only cause more suffering to the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world. This trajectory must be reversed. Any suggestion of the possible use of nuclear or other nonconventional weapons only serves to further heighten tensions and could lead to a dangerous spiral. Any further damage to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant – whether intentional or by accident – could have catastrophic consequences. Any military activity against, from or near the site, must cease immediately.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations:
“The damage to power and thermal plants means that life will be even harder for the already vulnerable, including elderly people and those with disabilities. There is also an increased risk of even more death in the months ahead because civilians may not have access to the essential services to survive.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations:
“To address essential needs, we the United Nations and the international community have developed a separate, specific plan for the winter months, built at the oblast level in coordination with authorities. Focus is on collective centre and household repairs, and the provision of blankets, mattresses, clothes, food, generators for schools and much-needed thermal heating for hospitals. The aim is for civilians to have a safe, dignified and warm place to be
over the winter months.”
12. Wide shot, Council
13. Med shot, Brown
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We can see that the UN Secretariat has finally become concerned with the topic of the civilian infrastructure destruction. Unfortunately, once again, this is a one-sided picture. We didn't hear a word about the destruction that Kyiv has been for eight years inflicting and continues inflicting in Donbass, nor have we heard anything about the victims amongst the civilians from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. There was no reaction whatsoever by the Secretariat to the horrendous acts of terror by Kyiv against such a civilian infrastructure as a bridge in Crimea there, or the shellings of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and Kakhovka power plants.”
15. Wide shot, Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“We are extremely concerned over the use of long range UAVs of Iranian origin by Russia, in his indiscriminate attacks against civilians can civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. This represents a blatant violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by China France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and Russia itself, and then adopted by the UN Security Council resolution 2231.”
17. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The United Nations Political Affairs Chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, today (21 Oct) said she was “gravely concerned” about the destruction of critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine and said “combined with soaring gas and coal prices, the deprivation caused by these attacks threatens to expose millions of civilians to extreme hardship and even life-endangering conditions this winter.

According to the Ukrainian government, 30 percent of energy facilities have been hit since 10 October.

DiCarlo said, “to be clear: under international humanitarian law, attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited.”

She said, “we are on a path of further escalation, which can only cause more suffering to the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world.”

Warning against further talk of any nonconventional weapons use on the battlefield, she singled out the risk posed by military activity around the Russian-held Zaphorizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

DiCarlo said, whether intentional, or accidental, any further damage, “could have catastrophic consequences. Any military activity against, from or near the site, must cease immediately.”

As of 18 October, official UN figures show 15,956 civilian casualties so far: 6,322 killed and 9,634 injured since Russia’s invasion of 24 February. At least 397 children have been killed in the war since 24 February. The actual figures are likely much higher, she said.

DiCarlo was briefing the Security Council alongside the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, who said “damage to power and thermal plants means that life will be even harder for the already vulnerable, including elderly people and those with disabilities.”

Brown said there is also “an increased risk of even more death in the months ahead because civilians may not have access to the essential services to survive.”

To address essential needs, she said, the United Nations and the international community “have developed a separate, specific plan for the winter months, built at the oblast level in coordination with authorities.”

The aim, Brown said, “is for civilians to have a safe, dignified and warm place to be
over the winter months.”

Together, more than 13 million people have been reached by humanitarians across the country.

In his address to the Council, Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, said, “we can see that the UN Secretariat has finally become concerned with the topic of the civilian infrastructure destruction. Unfortunately, once again, this is a one-sided picture. We didn't hear a word about the destruction that Kyiv has been for eight years inflicting and continues inflicting in Donbass, nor have we heard anything about the victims amongst the civilians from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. There was no reaction whatsoever by the Secretariat to the horrendous acts of terror by Kyiv against such a civilian infrastructure as a bridge in Crimea there, or the shellings of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and Kakhovka power plants.”

For his part, Ukraine’s Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said, “we are extremely concerned over the use of long range UAVs of Iranian origin by Russia, in his indiscriminate attacks against civilians can civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. This represents a blatant violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by China France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and Russia itself, and then adopted by the UN Security Council resolution 2231.”
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