EU calls for UN release report on infrastructure damage in Ukraine – EURACTIV.com

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The European Union sent a letter to the United Nations on Friday (23 September) urging it to publish a report on the damage to telecommunications infrastructure in Ukraine since the Russian invasion seven months ago.

Back in April, members of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union passed a resolution agreeing to help war-ravaged Ukraine rebuild its telecommunications sector.

The text also decided to “conduct and report on the impact of the war in Ukraine on ITU programs and activities in the region”.

A few months later, in July, the ITU published an update on its website, saying its “assessment report was ‘available soon’,” but despite signs the report was ready, the EU lamented on Friday that it was “not yet.” had been made available.”

In that July update, the ITU said that “at least 3.7 thousand mobile operator base stations in the temporarily occupied and occupied areas are not working.”

At the same time, she warned: “Increasing loss of mobile broadband access is observed in at least 1,297 settlements of Ukraine.”

And it was reported or confirmed that 20 television centers were partially destroyed while more than 50 settlements had no terrestrial television and radio service due to destruction and lack of power supply.

In the meantime, 796 cyber attacks on Ukraine have been reported in the first four months of the war alone, it said.

In a letter to the ITU seen by AFP, the EU pointed out that the resolution calling for a full report on the situation had the backing of 46 countries from all regions and stressed the urgency of its publication.

The letter, signed by EU Ambassador to Geneva Lotte Knudsen and Vaclav Balek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, which holds the bloc’s rotating presidency, was addressed to ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao of China.

“While Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine continues, characterized by targeted attacks on critical telecommunications infrastructure, failures of telecommunications services and outages of cellular networks, the ITU assessment of concrete damages and specific needs of Ukraine in the field of telecommunications is crucial in order to To enable interested parties delegations to make informed decisions regarding their commitments in support of Ukraine,” the letter reads.

“In light of the above, we would like to express our strong call for the release of the assessment report and all other documents related to the assistance to Ukraine as soon as possible,” it said.

She called for the report to be released in time for the so-called ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which is due to start in Bucharest on Monday and last until October 14.

This event includes the election of the organization’s next chairman, with two candidates – American Doreen Bogdan-Martin versus Russian Rashid Ismailov – in the running.

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