SC: Ukraine

Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Trine Heimerback in the Security Council meeting on Ukraine, 9 December 2022.

I will make 5 short points:

First; We condemn Russia’s war in the strongest possible terms.

Second; We reiterate our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Ukraine has a right to self-defence as enshrined in Article 51 of the UN Charter; as well as the sovereign right to ask for, and receive, support from other States in the exercise of this right. Norway will continue to stand with Ukraine.

Third; Russia’s war against Ukraine is a blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter. It is a violation of the core principle on which this organisation is built – the sovereign equality of its members, and the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force. Russia must abide by international law, and stop its war of aggression – now.

Fourth; We are alarmed by the recent increase in Russian attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure. The massive waves of missile and drone strikes on Ukraine clearly demonstrates Russia’s complete disregard for the horrible suffering they are causing millions of people. In addition to causing casualties, these cynical attacks have destroyed a large number of power facilities, leaving Ukraine’s population freezing in the middle of winter. Children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly are in a particularly vulnerable situation. They must be protected.

Fifth; on the transfer of lethal weapons from Iran by Russia; we recall that all States are obligated to respect the restrictions of resolution 2231. The use of drones from Iran adds even further to the list of Russia’s blatant disregard for international law, the UN Charter, and the decisions of the very Security Council on which it sits as a permanent member.

And finally President;

Russia is the one driving weapon flows into Ukraine – they do so through their illegal war against Ukraine. Almost one year has gone since Russia’s aggressive invasion. And it is not too late for them to do the right thing: To respect the UN Charter, to withdraw all troops, and to work for a peaceful solution through dialogue and diplomatic efforts.