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Statement of Italy during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on Ukraine at the 56th session of the Human Rights Council

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The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, took the floor today during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on Ukraine, in the framework of the 56th session of the Human Rights Council.

As reiterated by the G7 Leaders in Apulia last month, Ukraine is defending its freedom, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity against Russia’s brutal and unjustifiable war of aggression. Therefore we continue to condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s blatant breach of international law, including the UN Charter”, stated the Permanent Representative.

We are appalled by the recent missile strike against a children’s hospital in Kiev and by the evidence of the latest report of the OHCHR on the devastating impact of Russia’s attacks on the civilian population and civilian objects, including energy infrastructure” the Ambassador affirmed, adding that “we are also alarmed by the documented widespread use of torture and ill-treatment, including sexual violence, against Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian detainees” and calling “on Russia to release all persons unlawfully detained and safely return all illegally transferred or deported civilians, starting with children”.

We remain committed to holding those responsible accountable for their atrocities against the people of Ukraine, in line with international law” underlined the Permanent Representative, while also adding that “Together with international partners, Italy is determined to continue to provide all necessary support to Ukraine and its people, including for its long-term recovery and reconstruction”,

In conclusion he affirmed that “Our ultimate goal remains a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in line with international law and the UN Charter and its principles and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

Read the full statement.