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Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. With Deadly Offensive in Kharkiv, Last Month Civilian Casualties in Ukraine Hit Highest Level Since June 2023, Deputy Relief Chief Tells Security Council
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Ms. Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator 


  • All Council members 
  • Further statements: 
  • United States of America, 
  • Russian Federation 
  • Statement: Ukraine 
  • Statement: Latvia (on behalf of: Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)) 
  • Statement: Poland 
  • Statement: Sweden (on behalf of: Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)) 
  • Statement: Romania 
  • Statement: His Excellency Stavros Lambrinidis, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations 

Alarmed by Moscow’s Increased Attacks on Ukrainian Infrastructure, Population, Speakers Call for Diplomacy, De-Escalation Ahead of Peace Summit in Switzerland Ahead of an international summit for peace in Ukraine to be held in Switzerland on 15-16 June, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today that May saw the highest number of civilian casualties in a single month since June 2023 as she detailed the humanitarian situation amidst ongoing offensives in the country’s north-east. “More than half of these casualties can be attributed to the fighting in Kharkiv,” said Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, as she briefed the Council. Shopping centres, homes, educational facilities, shops, office buildings, parks and public transport have all been struck in recent weeks and, according to estimates by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 18,000 people in the Kharkiv region have been newly displaced. Spotlighting the disproportionate impact on elderly people, she reported that more than half of those killed or injured in northern Kharkiv — “where the fighting is heaviest” — have been over the age of 60. She also said that the Kakhovka Dam disaster — which occurred one year ago — demonstrated the extensive and long-lasting consequences of a single incident affecting critical infrastructure. “This is why it is deeply concerning that systematic attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure — a feature of this war since February 2022 — continue,” she stressed.

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