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War in Ukraine: Compensation for environmental damage will be demanded from Russia

War in Ukraine: Compensation for environmental damage will be demanded from Russia Photo: The President's Office named the approximate amount of damage to nature due to the war with the Russian Federation (GettyImages)

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak stated that there has been a deterioration in the air quality in Kyiv after the shelling, and he emphasized the need to involve Russia in compensating for the damage caused to the environment, according to the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Andriy Yermak stated that after Russian shelling, the air quality in Kyiv has worsened.

"After the latest attack by the Russians, the air quality in Kyiv has significantly deteriorated due to high concentrations of combustion products, chemicals, and dust. An approximate estimate of environmental damages exceeded 56 billion euros with more than 3,300 documented legal cases," said the Head of the Office of the President.

According to Yermak, Ukraine intends to hold Russia accountable for environmental damages. The Head also expressed gratitude to the International Working Group for creating the Environmental Treaty for Ukraine.

"This document should serve as a guide to combat the negative impact of war on nature, not only for Ukraine but for the entire world," emphasized Andriy Yermak.

Andriy Yermak invited representatives of the International Working Group to Ukraine for the public presentation of the treaty and its official submission to the President of the country, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"We face a challenging task - to implement the treaty in Ukraine and abroad. We will be very grateful for your help and support. I am pleased to meet with you in Kyiv and discuss further plans for cooperation," stated Yermak.

Damage to Ukrainian nature due to war

On June 6, the Russian military blew up the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station in the Kherson region. Following this, parts of the territories of Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhzhia regions were flooded.

According to the Kyiv School of Economics, the direct damage caused by the Russians blowing up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant amounts to at least 2 billion dollars.

Additionally, at the beginning of the full-scale war, Russian occupiers released clouds of radioactive dust in the Red Forest.