New York, June 29 (QNA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said that Ukraine is suffering the largest human displacement crisis in the world today.
Since the start of the Russian war, more than a quarter of Ukrainians, or 12 million people, have been forced from their homes, and within the country, over 7.1 million remain displaced, DiCarlo told the Security Council on Tuesday.
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine reported back earlier this month its first mission to the country, including to Bucha, Irpin, Kharkiv and Sumy.
Though only in the initial stages of its work, she said that the Commission received information and visited sites that "may support claims that serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, perhaps reaching war crimes and crimes against humanity, have been committed."
The Commission, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and other fact-finding efforts, are essential for establishing accountability for the "crimes" being committed, she said.
"The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption must stop," DiCarlo underscored.
Via video teleconference, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to the Security Council about the situation in his country, and the Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities.
He explained that almost daily, Russian strikes target the city of Kharkiv: "Only yesterday, nine people were killed, and 29 were injured, five of them children."
The Ukrainian President urged the Security Council's members to deprive Russia of what he called its power at the United Nations and to prevent it from manipulating the United Nations. (QNA)
29 June 2022
UN Under-Secretary-General: Ukraine Suffers World's Largest Human Displacement Crisis
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