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Moldova to join register for war damage in Ukraine

Moldova to join register for war damage in Ukraine Photo: Moldovan parliament supports a draft law on joining agreement (Getty Images)

The Parliament of Moldova has supported a draft law on joining the expanded agreement on the Register of Damage caused by the aggression of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine. The initiative was approved by deputies in the first reading, according to the press service of the Moldovan parliament.

During the vote on December 15, 56 deputies supported the adoption of the bill.

According to the explanatory note of the draft law, Moldova's accession to the register "once again emphasizes the importance of continuing support for Ukraine and the solidarity that our country demonstrates in the context of Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine."

How the register works

The register of damage is a platform for registering in any documentary form information on evidence and complaints about losses or damage caused to the Ukrainian side by Russian occupiers, starting from February 24, 2022.

Information on complaints and evidence that enters and is processed in the Register will be classified and organized. It is also noted that the register of claims has no judicial functions and does not have the authority to determine responsibility or award any payments or compensation.

The communication and public relations department of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova stated that the activities of the Register will be the first component of the future international compensation mechanism.

Register of damage caused by Russian aggression

The expanded partial agreement on the register of losses caused by Russia's aggression against Ukraine was adopted by the resolution of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for an initial term of 3 years with the possibility of extension if necessary.

The register of losses is created as an intergovernmental institution of cooperation that will operate within the institutional structure of the Council of Europe but is based in The Hague. The register will also have an office in Ukraine.

In November, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denis Shmyhal, mentioned that 43 countries and the European Union are participating in the creation of the Register of Damage caused by Russian aggression. It is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2024.