The UN Security Council, in open session on Wednesday evening, examined the situation in Ukraine, as large-scale attacks against civilians and critical infrastructure continue across the country, with devastating consequences for civilians.
While the Ukrainians desperately sought shelter from the bombing, they also had to deal with freezing temperatures. The latest attacks renew fears that this winter will be disastrous for millions of Ukrainians, who face the prospect of months of cold weather without heat, electricity, water or other basic amenities.
Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefed members of the Security Council calling for them to work together to prevent a man-made humanitarian catastrophe this winter, noting that the resulting shocks would exact a heavy price not only on Ukrainians, “but on all of us.” .”
She emphasized that an immediate de-escalation was needed: ” We reiterate our call to all Member States and international organizations to support efforts to this end, while respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders .”