Russian missiles and drones rained down on several cities, including the capital, Kyiv, it reported, destroying or damaging homes and severely disrupting essential services.
“I must repeat: attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited by international humanitarian law“, she pointed out.
‘No end in sight’
Meanwhile, the military dynamics on the ground continue to evolve.
Ms DiCarlo recalled that over the past week the southern port city of Kherson had returned to Ukrainian government control following the withdrawal of Russian troops. Heavy battles also continue in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“Indeed, there is no end in sight to the war. As long as it continues, the risks of potentially catastrophic fallout remain very real.,” she says.
“Yesterday’s incident in Poland near the Ukrainian border was a scary reminder of the absolute necessity to prevent any further escalation.
UN expresses condolences
Two people were killed on Tuesday when a missile struck a grain silo in the small Polish village of Przewodow.
The country’s president, Andrzej Duda, said the blast was most likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile, according to international media.
Ms. DiCarlo joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres in offering condolences to the families of the victims.
The political affairs chief feared the recent blockades in Ukraine would only add to the horrific toll the war has already exacted.
More than 16,630 civilian casualties have been recorded in the nine months of fighting, including 6,557 dead, according to the UN human rights office, OHCHR.
The ongoing bombardments have already damaged about 40% of the country’s power generation capacity. Kyiv has been hardest hit, she said, as most parts of the city are now without power for 12 hours a day.
“As the Ukrainian government focuses on repairing damaged infrastructure, the United Nations has made it a priority to ensure the most vulnerable receive winter supplies and servicesshe told the ambassadors.
So far, more than 185,000 people have received essential basic winter supplies.
Humanitarian partners are also setting up “heating points” near front lines, and more than 500 generators are being distributed to hospitals, clinics and other priority institutions.
Aid Delivery Constraints
Although humanitarian access has resumed in Kherson and other areas again under the control of the Ukrainian government, it is still extremely difficult to reach people in the eastern and southern areas held by the army. Russian and across the front line.
“Mine contamination – especially in areas close to the frontline or where control has recently changed – puts more lives at risk, impedes the movement of civilians and hampers humanitarian efforts,” said Ms. DiCarlo.
She reminded the parties of their obligation to facilitate humanitarian access, in accordance with international law.
Ms. DiCarlo also provided the Board with an update on human rights and other concerns.
Highlighting the situation of children, she said that more than 400 boys and girls have been killed during the war, and many more have been injured, lost loved ones or forced to flee their homes.
Nearly 300 are considered missing, according to Ukrainian government sources.
“There are also disturbing reports of forced transfers of childrenincluding some in institutions, to Russian-occupied territory or to the Russian Federation,” she added.
“OHCHR has documented several individual cases, including of unaccompanied children, which appear to amount to deportations to the Russian Federation – in violation of international humanitarian law.”
“Blame Russia for Everything”
Addressing the incident in Poland, Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the chamber that Ukraine initially blamed his country for the missile strike.
“I cannot fail to mention that Ukrainian air defense systems have long had a bad reputation,” he said, referring to the downing of a Russian civilian aircraft over the Black Sea in October. 2001 and the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 some 13 years later.
“And over the past few months, we regularly see footage of the aftermath of Ukrainian air defense missiles falling on residences that were used to conceal these systems,” he added.
Mr Nebenzya said Russia had long ceased to be surprised by attempts to blame the country for everything.
“And so today, despite clear evidence of Ukrainian-Polish provocation, many representatives of Western countries said that even if the missiles were launched by Ukraine, it is still Russia that is responsible for the destruction of the critical infrastructure.”
Ukraine supports investigation
Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya reported that 10 million people were affected by emergency power cuts following Russian missile attacks on energy facilities and other civilian infrastructure in at least 11 regions of his country. country.
Addressing the “tragic incident” on Tuesday, he expressed his country’s solidarity with Poland.
Mr. Kyslytsya said that Ukraine supports a full and transparent investigation to establish the facts and stands ready to cooperate with Poland in this regard.
“At the same time, it is clear that the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, with regular missile terror as one of its central elements, remains the only root cause of violence and human suffering in Ukraine and beyond,” he told the Council.
“As soon as Russia is unable to continue its war, security in the region will immediately be restored.”