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'Russia's sole aim is to create crisis': Polish UN envoy

06.12.2022 23:45
Poland's envoy to the United Nations has said that Russia's sole purpose in its actions in Ukraine "is to create crisis."
Krzysztof Szczerski
Krzysztof SzczerskiWojciech Kusiński/Polskie Radio

Addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Krzysztof Szczerski said that, unlike in the case of most conflicts, "where humanitarian crisis accompanies aggression," in the case of Russia's war against Ukraine "humanitarian crisis is a weapon of war used by the Russian aggressor on purpose."

He added that "Russia's sole aim is to create crisis."

Szczerski, who has been Poland's ambassador to the United Nations since August 2021, also spoke about the suffering of children in Ukraine, according to officials.

He referred to an exhibition of anti-war drawings by Polish and Ukrainian children, entitled Mom, I Don’t Want War!, "which shows that war always looks the same through the eyes of a child," according to officials.

The Mom, I Don’t Want War exhibition, which has been shown in various venues in Europe and America, is a joint project between Poland’s National Archives institution and its Ukrainian partners.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Tuesday that the suffering unleashed by Russia’s “senseless war” on the people of Ukraine and beyond, was “colossal,” according to news.un.org website.

“Over 14 million people remain forcibly displaced from their homes in Ukraine, including 6.5 million internally displaced in Ukraine, and over 7.8 million refugees recorded across Europe,” Griffiths said.  

He warned that “the scale of destruction of the electrical and heating infrastructure" in Ukraine required "the international community’s enhanced support to the government of Ukraine beyond what humanitarians can provide."

At Tuesday's UN debate on strengthening the coordination of the United Nations' humanitarian assistance, Poland "emphasized its engagement in humanitarian assistance worldwide, in particular its multidimensional support to Ukraine, including by hosting a large population of refugees from Ukraine," officials said.

They added that Poland remained committed to fighting a food security crisis caused by Russia's war against Ukraine.

Tuesday was day 286 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP, news.un.org