Delegate Name: Allyson Gilliland
SUBMITTED TO: United Nations Security Council
SUBJECT: Situation in Ukraine
Royal Oak High School
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine declared itself neutral after gaining independence and joined the Partnership for Peace with NATO in 1994. In 2013, mass civil demonstrations known as Euromaidan erupted in Ukraine, which led to the establishment of a new government and pro-Russian unrest. During this period of civil unrest, Russian troops invaded the Crimean Peninsula, and was annexed by Russia soon after. This series of events marked the beginning of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, and in a major escalation of the conflict in February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since the outbreak of war with Russia in 2014, Ukraine has continued to seek closer economic, political, and military ties with the Western world, including with the United States, European Union, and NATO. Due to its extensive fertile land, pre-war Ukraine was one of the largest grain exporters in the world. After the events in February 2022, most if not all exporting of grain has been halted due to lack of resources and scarcity of workers. And as of 2021, Ukraine was preparing to formally apply for EU membership in 2024, in order to join the European Union in the 2030s, however, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy requested that the country be admitted to the EU immediately. Candidate status was granted on 23 June 2022.
The delegation of Ireland would like to commend the countries of the western hemisphere for their unrelenting support of Ukraine in this difficult time they are experiencing. While we wish to show our support, we must also respect our own neutrality which we have held since the 1930s. Ireland wishes to support anything attempting to maintain or create peace for all parties involved in comparison to a solution that draws increasing amounts of bloodshed. And because this situation is a blatant breach of the UN charter, Ireland would be willing to offer support to those in Ukraine who require medical attention or have an abundant lack of food. The conflict in the Donbas region is in need of resolution as well, as there is an abundance of coal there that Ukraine uses to power its country.
Going into the conference, the delegation of Ireland would like to see others coming together to discuss talks of peace and/or peace treaties. We would like to avoid any possible solutions that would involve violence in even the smallest capacity. Any solution that offers a safe way for refugees of Ukraine to flee would be preferred, if not prioritized. May that include sending armored vehicles from surrounding countries funded by countries farther away or sending protection to safely get those people out.