According to Ukrainian officials, Russia is provoking a climate, humanitarian and nuclear crisis. Due to the hostilities, land and air have been polluted, forests have been burned, and many objects have been destroyed.
Russia has caused damage to the ecology of Ukraine in the amount of more than 2 trillion hryvnia. This was stated on March 10 by the First Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ruslan Grechanik at a meeting of the visiting committee of the Verkhovna Rada on environmental policy and nature management in Kharkiv.
The damage assessment refers to the period since the outbreak of full-scale war on February 24, 2022. According to the official, Kyiv calculates the price of each destroyed tree.
“Every day we continue to establish new facts of damage and destruction. These are land and air pollution, burned forests, destroyed objects … Retribution is inevitable. It is important that we have international support,” Grechanik emphasized.
Full-scale war causes enormous damage to the environment
Russia is provoking a climate, humanitarian and nuclear crisis because of the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the specialist added.
“It is also important now to work out new concepts and programs for the restoration of Ukraine’s ecology,” the official stated.
The head of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office Oleksandr Filchakov added that the war is causing enormous damage to the environment.
According to him, the prosecutor’s office is investigating cases of intentional or accidental damage to nature.
“We fix and analyze all crimes in the field of ecology, attacks on industrial facilities, oil depots,” Filchakov concluded.
Recall that in early January of this year, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov estimated the damage to Ukraine’s ecology from the war at more than $35 billion. Because of the fighting, millions of hectares of nature reserves are under threat.
Focus in a separate article described in detail the environmental problems of Ukraine during the war and why they could turn into a disaster for Europe.
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