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Statement by Italy’s Permanent Representative at UN Security Council meeting on Maintenance of international peace and security

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Mister President,

Italy fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union and would like to add some considerations in its national capacity.

Today, almost two years after Russia’s full-scale, unprovoked, unjustifiable, and illegal invasion of Ukraine, we stand together with the Ukrainian people, more united than ever, to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to our shared values based on the rules-based multilateral order as recognized in the UN Charter.

Mister President,

Italy condemns in the strongest possible way Russia’s continuous brutal attacks targeting civilian infrastructures and cities across Ukraine, as well as Russia’s complete disregard of the call rising from the entire membership to put an end to its invasion of Ukraine. Russia will have to be accountable for war crimes and the heavy damages caused by its war of aggression.

Assistance to Ukraine has been a priority for Italy since the beginning of the conflict and throughout 2023. Our country has provided more than two billion euros in aid, including humanitarian support and reception measures for refugees from Ukraine.

Italy fully supports the humanitarian actors who are working tirelessly to ensure the protection of the population: rapid, safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for those in need in Ukraine must be guaranteed. As current Chair of the Mine Action Support Group, Italy is particularly proud of the broad engagement of the International Community together with the UN to support the swift demining of the territory in order to prevent further humanitarian impact especially on children and to sustain Ukrainian agriculture to the benefit of global food security.

Mister President,

We are committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders; political, military and economic support for Ukraine is one of the key priorities of our G7 Presidency and we are determined to continue doing so as long as necessary to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting peace.

Italy intends to play an active role in the reconstruction and social and economic recovery of Ukraine. A bilateral Conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine was organised in Rome in April 2023, while in 2025 we will host the Ukraine Recovery Conference: together we will lay the foundations for a prosperous independent Ukraine within our common European family.

I thank you, Mister President.