German Statement at UNSC Briefing on “Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine”, 10 January 2024

10.01.2024 - Speech

Statement delivered by Ambassador Leendertse, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.

Mr. President,

At the outset, I would like to congratulate the incoming members of this Council – Algeria, Guyana, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone and Slovenia. We appreciate your commitment to contribute to strengthening international peace and security.

Mr. President,

Russia is continuing its illegal war of aggression at full force. The recent massive bombardments directly target civilians, even far from the frontline.

Besides drones from Iran, Russia fired – for the first time – ballistic missiles produced by North Korea. The transfer of these weapons constitutes a direct violation of binding Security Council resolutions that Russia itself voted for.

To exercise its legitimate right of self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter, Ukraine relies on international support. We have taken a lead role in the supply of air defence systems. They directly contribute to saving lives.

At the same time, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine remains dire. Germany has contributed more than 403 million Euros of humanitarian assistance. Besides the delivery of basic goods, we focus on the provision of mental health services, winterization, as well as demining activities.


Russia’s unjustifiable war affects us all. We must not allow attacks on sovereign countries and neo-colonial attempts to grab their land. An aggressor must never prevail.

That being said, what can the international community do to end this tragedy? First, we must press the aggressor to cease its unlawful invasion. The GA resolutions and the ICJ’s provisional measures must be implemented. Second, we must support Ukraine in defending itself as long as the aggression continues. Third, we must create a foundation for a just and lasting peace. President Zelensky’s peace formula clearly outlines a viable way forward. Finally, perpetrators of war crimes must be held accountable.

In closing, we once again call on Russia to immediately and unconditionally cease all its military operations, and to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.

I thank you.

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