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Russia should pay for environmental damage in Ukraine: report

12.02.2024 08:30
Ukraine should seek reparations from Russia for environmental damage caused by Moscow's war of aggression, an international group has said in a report.
The aftermath of Russian shelling at a factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine, November 3, 2022.
The aftermath of Russian shelling at a factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine, November 3, 2022.Photo: EPA/EUGENE TITOV

It recommended that Ukraine and the international community establish a high-level body to oversee the collection and preservation of evidence of environmental impacts, the Reuters news agency reported.

The group's report highlights land mine contamination and the flooding resulting from the breach of the country's Kakhovka Dam last June, among other environmental impacts, according to Reuters.

The international group was established last year by Ukraine's presidential administration to investigate issues ranging from nuclear safety to soil pollution, Reuters reported.

It said the group includes politicians such as European Union Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius and European Parliament Vice President Heidi Hautala, in addition to international figures such as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Some members of the group visited Kyiv on Friday, where they met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to Reuters.

"We must find common responses to all environmental threats caused by war," Zelensky said on social media.

"Without this, there will be no return to normal, stable life," he added.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

Monday is day 719 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: Reuters, PAP