General Assembly Security Council

UNSC meeting on Ukraine (humanitarian situation)

(Tuesday, 19 April 2022; 1000 hrs EDT/1930 hrs IST)


Let me begin by thanking IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino and Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Ms. Kelly Clements for their respective briefing on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.


2. The humanitarian situation in Ukraine has deteriorated further since the Council last discussed this issue. From reports coming out of Ukraine, women and children have been disproportionately impacted and they form the bulk of the people who have moved to neighbouring countries and displaced internally in Ukraine.


3. We support calls urging for guarantees of safe passage to deliver essential humanitarian and medical supplies; including through establishment of permanent humanitarian corridors. We hope the international community will continue to respond positively to the evolving humanitarian requirements.


4. Keeping in view the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine, India has been sending humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and its neighbours, which include medicines and other essential relief material. We are providing more medical supplies to Ukraine in the coming days ahead.


5. India has ensured the safe return of about 22,500 Indians from Ukraine. To that end, we initiated Operation Ganga involving 90 flights. We have also assisted nationals from 18 other countries in that process. We are deeply appreciative of the facilitation rendered by the authorities of Ukraine and its neighbouring countries in ensuring their safe return.


6. The impact of the situation is being felt beyond the region with increasing food and energy costs, especially for many developing countries. It is in our collective interest to work constructively, both inside the United Nations and outside, towards seeking an early resolution to the issue.


7. We have noted the findings of SG’s Global Crisis Response Group Task Team issued last week. We welcome their recommendation for exempting purchases of food by WFP for humanitarian assistance from food export restrictions with immediate effect. The food security challenges emanating from Ukraine conflict requires us to respond creatively. The growing shortages can only be addressed by going beyond constraints that bind us presently. Energy security is equally a serious concern and needs to be addressed through cooperative efforts.


Madam President,


8. Allow me to reiterate the importance of UN Guiding Principles of Humanitarian Assistance once again. Humanitarian action must always be guided by the principles of humanitarian assistance, i.e., humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. These measures should never be politicized.


9. India continues to remain deeply concerned at the worsening situation and reiterates its call for immediate cessation of violence and end to hostilities. We have emphasized right from the beginning of the conflict the need to pursue the path of diplomacy and dialogue. When innocent human lives are at stake, diplomacy must prevail as the only viable option.


10. We continue to emphasize to all member states of the UN that the global order is anchored on international law, UN Charter and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty of states.


I thank you Madam President.