Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative Anna Evstigneeva at UNSC briefing on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine

Mr.President,

It is no secret that Western delegations call UN Security Council meetings on Ukraine for the sake of appearance, according to their monthly schedule and upon distributing the roles they need to play. There is no doubt that in reality they could not care less about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and, in general, about the suffering of civilians in that country, and surely in the border territories of Russia. Actually, they do not care about such things elsewhere in the world. After all, the United States and European countries are not fighting for Ukraine, but for their so-called leadership and their geopolitical ambitions.

The humanitarian disaster in Gaza is a clear example. Have Western delegations initiated many open meetings on this issue? The death toll there has long since passed 30,000 people. But for the Western colleagues, who are concerned only with their domestic political situations, Gaza, which is being wiped off the face of the Earth, is still an extremely uncomfortable topic. Such double standards are shameful.

Another confirmation of the blatant hypocrisy of the West is the fact that, while lamenting the humanitarian implications of the conflict in Ukraine, Western capitals purposefully spiral up escalation, continuously allocating billions of dollars for weapons, supplying armaments, and recently giving their underlings in Kiev a carte blanche to use NATO weapons against the territory of our country.

The words of Western countries that they want a peaceful and sustainable settlement of the conflict are also completely false. What they propose as a solution is not a “peace formula” but a formula for war and bloodshed. It is based on a primitive attempt to give Russia an ultimatum, and the conference in Bürgenstock (Switzerland), that will convene to promote it, is nothing more than a propagandist get-together with zero added value. It is clear to more and more members of the international community that any discussions on issues affecting Russia's sovereignty and security are futile if they are held without Russia's representatives and without taking into account its interests.

Western pseudo-peacemakers who organize yet another anti-Russian meeting discredited their efforts long ago. It was them who first guaranteed a political settlement between the Ukrainian government and the Maidan opposition in February 2014, and then supported the coup d'état the very next morning.

In 2015, a year after the start of Kiev's deadly war against the inhabitants of Donbas, the Minsk Agreements were signed. Again, as we learned later, the Western guarantors of the agreements had not intended to encourage Kiev to implement Minsk. They even admitted openly that they had signed the Minsk Package only to arm Ukraine and push it into a new war – against Russia.

In 2022, another chance for a peaceful settlement was lost. The treaty initialled by delegations in Istanbul, which outlined the contours of peaceful coexistence generally acceptable to both sides, was simply scrapped after former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson turned up in Kiev.

Why did he do it? Why is the US and other countries sending more and more weapons to Ukraine? For the sake of taking care of civilians? Of course not. Instead of pinning hopes on peace, Kiev has set the goal of sending its people to the battlefield for the sake of the geopolitical interests of Ukraine’s Western masters. This goal is being systematically fulfilled. Every month the Ukrainian army loses thousands of people killed and wounded. The all-out forced conscription that is taking place at the moment sends new units of untrained, younger Ukrainian boys to the slaughter. It's no secret that the US administration is the first to insist on lowering the conscription age. It plans to lower it within a year from 25 to 18 years old. For Washington, the lives of the young generation of Ukraine are nothing more than expendable material. Representatives of the US political establishment have spoken about this repeatedly, stating explicitly that such a policy saves the lives of Western soldiers, and is (from every perspective) more profitable for the West, as it replenishes the revenues of its war industry. The Ukrainian population, which refuses to fight and die for the interests of the sponsors of Zelensky's regime, becomes increasingly aware of this, plenty of evidence whereof is available on social media.

In the meantime, the Kiev authorities plan to have about 110,000-120,000 more people conscripted by the end of the year. Men of conscription age are being seized practically everywhere; since June 1, a total ban on the exit of persons liable for military service from the territory of Ukraine has been introduced.

As the situation at the line of contact shows, all these steps do not help to avoid the inevitable. The Russian armed forces continue to destroy Kiev's combat potential, which already consists almost entirely of Western weapons. In this past May alone, Kiev lost control over 28 settlements.

Against the background of major military failures, the Kiev regime cowardly tries to take revenge on Russian civilians by using various types of NATO weapons against them. Speaking of this year’s records, the Ukrainian armed forces fire about 2,000 shells at peaceful targets every week. Every week an average of 100 civilians are killed and wounded. Quite often it is way more than that.

Since May 2022, the UAF has been systematically increasing the intensity of shelling of civilian objects on the territory of Belgorod region of Russia. This accounts for 9,000 episodes. 190 civilians have been killed (including 15 children) and 900 have been wounded (including 83 children). The intensity of shelling peaked between December 2023 and June 2024.

On New Year's holidays, a cynical crime was committed when downtown Belgorod was struck. The tragedy killed 25 people, including four children and two complete families. On May 12, a combined strike using a Czech VAMPIRE MLRS, six Tochka-U missiles and an VILKHA MLRS destroyed a section of an apartment building in Belgorod. Fifteen people died, two of them children. All of this deserved just one line in Ms. Msuya's statement, and not a word in Western delegations’ remarks. Not to mention the thousands of lives of ordinary people who have died in Donbas since the beginning of the war that Ukraine unleashed back in 2014. News came again today of a strike on Lugansk with five American ATACMS missiles. Again, they hit apartment buildings and civilian facilities killing three people.

These attacks are terrorist in nature and completely devoid of any military expediency. There has been a significant increase in the use of fragmentation and cluster munitions, i.e. munitions that cause maximum damage to the civilian population. Ukrainian militants systematically hunt for emergency workers and medics, hitting the same spot again once rescue teams arrive at the scene. The only goal is to create a humanitarian crisis in the region, instill fear in people and make life unbearable for the civilian population.

Western members on the Security Council, don’t you want to discuss the humanitarian consequences of these criminal actions by the Kiev authorities?

Of course, Western states do not care about the lives of Russians, but neither we nor the Russian armed forces are going to put up with this.

Today, however, we hear yet another bunch of Western tall tales about the “evil Russians” who use hunger and cold as weapons, about our alleged deliberate destruction of schools and hospitals and violence (including against children). American representative was speaking today, in an allegedly knowledgeable way, about violence against Ukrainian prisoners of war. Not because this is true though, but because the United States knows very well what torture of prisoners is. It demonstrated it to the international community at Guantanamo Bay, at Abu Ghraib, and in Afghanistan. But lying endlessly is not a problem for this delegation. At the same time, Western donors are rushing to report on the provision of humanitarian aid to the affected population and to stigmatize Russia for refusing access to our territory to compromised human rights and humanitarian NGOs and agencies.

What Western countries prefer to keep silent about is the uncomfortable topic of the regular theft and resale of humanitarian cargoes. Among the recent cases, I will cite the appropriation of 22 marine containers, 389 railroad cars, and 220 truckloads of humanitarian aid from Europe by the Ukrainian mayor of the city of Zaporozhye. This is yet another indication of the exorbitant corruption of the Kiev regime.

There is another topic, which the initiators of this meeting find extremely uncomfortable to discuss. Namely the record rates of humanitarian and socio-economic reconstruction of the new Russian constituent entities. Conditions for a decent future are being created for our citizens in the regions that reunited with Russia. Unprecedented rates of modernization of the social infrastructure have been achieved: more than 2,000 social facilities have been built and restored, including two major universities, schools and kindergartens, health care, cultural and sports institutions. Mine decontamination is underway. Since March 2022, a total of 158,000 tonnes of foodstuffs and basic necessities have been delivered to the population of the liberated areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, and more than 4,000 humanitarian events have been carried out.

Russia will continue to fulfill its humanitarian obligations to our new citizens regardless of the lies and misinformation spread by our opponents at meetings like today's.

Mr. President,

In conclusion, the main problem and threat to international peace and security remains the focus of the United States and their supporters among European countries on prolongation of the conflict in Ukraine at any cost with a view to weakening Russia. Recent Western statements about the unrestricted use of Western weapons against the territory of my country and the sending of more Western instructors or even units to Ukraine also follow in this rather dangerous vein. The Security Council surely must discuss implications of such reckless steps. That is what we propose to do as early as June 14.

Thank you.

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