Statement on Russia’s military plane crash

Statement by Representative of Slovenia to the UN Security Council Ambassador Samuel Žbogar at the meeting on the threats to international peace and security

Thank you very much Mr President.

I would also like to thank USG Rosemary DiCarlo for her briefing. It is extremely challenging to have an informed discussion, especially on the peace and security when only unverified information is available. We also understand the difficulties surrounding organization of such meetings.

At the moment we are aware of only one fact: a military transport airplane crashed during an armed conflict. We do not know what it was carrying and whether it was shot down. My delegation would welcome independently verified information on the event.

On the other hand, we have ample independently verified information on violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law in Ukraine by Russian Federation. These include indiscriminate attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure, and gross violations of human rights.

Mr President,

It is our sincere hope that this episode of the war in Ukraine will not stand in the way of future exchanges of prisoners of war between the two countries.

Even in the absence of impartial unverified information, it sadly has to be concluded that new names will be added to the long list of casualties that has been growing since February 2022. Slovenia regrets any loss of life, be it civilian or military during any armed conflict and I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this event, which was another tragic consequence of unnecessary war of aggression against Ukraine.

Thank you.

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