I thank ASG Jenča for his briefing.
We are concerned by continuous aggression in East Ukraine by Russia. Let me express our condolences for all those who have been killed since the beginning of the Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
We do not need to reiterate that Donetsk is an integral part of Ukraine. This region has been under the temporary occupation, as a result of Russia’s aggression, in violation of the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is explicitly stated in the resolutions adopted by an overwhelming majority of the General Assembly.
Russia’s targeting of civilian infrastructure across Ukraine, including housing complexes, hospitals, schools, energy facilities, and other essential installations for life jeopardizes the welfare and future of the Ukrainian people.
Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilian populations constitute war crimes. There must be no tolerance or impunity for war crimes and other atrocities. We urge all parties to uphold international humanitarian principles.
One thing is clear ― any attack on civilians would not have happened if Russia had not launched its aggression against Ukraine.
We once again urge Russia to stop its ongoing aggression and immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its troops and military equipment from the entire internationally recognized territory of Ukraine.
I thank you.