UN / UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN

31-Oct-2023 00:04:18
A top UN humanitarian official said, “while much of the international attention is rightly concentrated on the grave events in the Middle East, it is important that we do not lose focus on other crises, particularly the war in Ukraine, which continues to inflict unimaginable levels of suffering.” UNIFEED

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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 31 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY – FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

31 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Representative of Ukraine
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“While much international attention is rightly concentrated on the grave events in the Middle East, it is important that we do not lose focus on other crises, particularly not one as brutal and far-reaching as that precipitated by the war in Ukraine. Indeed, this is more so as the conflict continues to inflict unimaginable levels of suffering.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Countrywide, air strikes, artillery fire, and ground fighting continue on a daily basis. People’s lives are dominated by the constant sound of air raid sirens, as unrelenting air strikes rain down and destroy civilian objects – one day a post office terminal, another day a small café, yet another day a grocery shop. Near front lines, people’s daily routines now include picking their way around land contaminated by mines.”
7. Med shot, speaker on screens
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The scale of humanitarian needs in Ukraine more than a year and a half into this war is vast. Currently some 18 million people - more than 40 percent of the entire Ukrainian population – are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Ten million people also remain displaced, either internally or as refugees in other countries.”
9. Med shot, speaker on screens
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“One of the most significant challenges to our operations remains the lack of humanitarian access to the parts of Donetska, Khersonska, Luhanska and Zaporizka oblasts under the temporary military control of the Russian Federation. We are extremely concerned about the plight of civilians in these territories whom we are unable to reach at any adequate scale.”
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Therefore, Ukrainian Air Defense missiles that hit civilian objects are presented by Kyiv and its puppeteers as Russian strikes contrary to the facts and video evidence, and if there aren't any such strikes, then apparent manmade tragedies are deployed such as Bucha, Kramatorsk or Kostyantynivka. Those who are planning and are carrying out these things aren't worried about being refuted. The main thing is to provide another lie about Russia to catch more weapons.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“At the same time, it is a matter of alarm that according to the intelligence, Russia stockpiles missiles and drones to resume massive strikes against critical civilian infrastructure as soon as temperatures drop to freezing. Russia demonstrates no intention to get rid of its terrorist practices against millions of Ukrainian civilians, which makes it imperative to obtain additional air defense systems to safeguard these critical facilities during the winter.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union:
“Mr. President, I wish to make three points briefly. First, the importance of upholding international humanitarian law. Secondly, the need for winterization efforts especially in light of Russia's targeting on critical infrastructure. And thirdly, efforts to address the global consequences of Russia's aggression.”
16. Med shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union:
“Aid cannot be denied to those in need. The EU supports all UN efforts to get humanitarian access to areas not controlled by the government of Ukraine. We regret that no inter-agency humanitarian convoys have been able to cross from government-controlled areas to non-government controlled areas despite repeated attempts and notifications to the Russian Federation.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
A top UN humanitarian official said, “while much of the international attention is rightly concentrated on the grave events in the Middle East, it is important that we do not lose focus on other crises, particularly the war in Ukraine, which continues to inflict unimaginable levels of suffering.”

Briefing the Security Council today (31 Oct) in New York, Ramesh Rajasingham, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, “Countrywide, air strikes, artillery fire, and ground fighting continue on a daily basis. People’s lives are dominated by the constant sound of air raid sirens, as unrelenting air strikes rain down and destroy civilian objects – one day a post office terminal, another day a small café, yet another day a grocery shop.”

Rajasingham added, “Near front lines, people’s daily routines now include picking their way around land contaminated by mines.”

The UN humanitarian official also said, “the scale of humanitarian needs in Ukraine more than a year and a half into this war is vast.”

According to him, some 18 million people - more than 40 percent of the entire Ukrainian population – are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. He said, “ten million people also remain displaced, either internally or as refugees in other countries.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Security Council that “Ukrainian Air Defense missiles that hit civilian objects are presented by Kyiv and its puppeteers as Russian strikes contrary to the facts and video evidence, and if there aren't any such strikes, then apparent manmade tragedies are deployed such as Bucha, Kramatorsk or Kostyantynivka.”

He added, “Those who are planning and are carrying out these things aren't worried about being refuted. The main thing is to provide another lie about Russia to catch more weapons.”

For his part, Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukrainian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “it is a matter of alarm that according to the intelligence, Russia stockpiles missiles and drones to resume massive strikes against critical civilian infrastructure as soon as temperatures drop to freezing.”

He continued, “Russia demonstrates no intention to get rid of its terrorist practices against millions of Ukrainian civilians, which makes it imperative to obtain additional air defense systems to safeguard these critical facilities during the winter.”

Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, speaking on behalf of the European Union and its member states, candidate counties North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the potential candidate country Georgia, as well as Andorra, Monaco and San Marino, said, “First, the importance of upholding international humanitarian law. Secondly, the need for winterization efforts especially in light of Russia's targeting on critical infrastructure. And thirdly, efforts to address the global consequences of Russia's aggression.”

Skoog also stressed, “aid cannot be denied to those in need.”

He concluded, “the EU supports all UN efforts to get humanitarian access to areas not controlled by the government of Ukraine. We regret that no inter-agency humanitarian convoys have been able to cross from government-controlled areas to non-government controlled areas despite repeated attempts and notifications to the Russian Federation.”
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