Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Ukrainian ecocide app calculates Russia’s bill for environmental damage

An app helping calculate Russia’s $60 billion toll on Ukraine’s environment could lead to historic reparations.
Russian damage of Ukraine's environment
Credit: Ecoaction
Ukrainian ecocide app calculates Russia’s bill for environmental damage

Ukraine’s environment minister Ruslan Strilets said that the “silent victim” of Russia’s invasion has been the country’s environment, now calculated at over €56 billion ($ 60 bn) in damages so far.

According to Strilets, Ukraine lost over 14km³ of fresh water from the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam alone, which cost an estimated €3.8 billion ($4,12 bn)

To document the over 5,000 identified “cases of ecocide,” the Ukrainian government has developed a mobile app for citizens to report pollution incidents like fires and toxic spills.

 “The app also provides Ukrainians with the latest information on air, soil, water and radiation pollution,” Euractiv reported.

Strilets states it is “not hard” to prioritize environmental protection during wartime, as “Ukraine is a civilized country which understands that the environment is the future.”

The minister hopes these efforts “will lead to the first case in human history of environmental reparations being paid by one state to another.”

He links cleanup to economic priorities like wheat exports, noting “150,000-155,000 km2 of Ukrainian territory is potentially mined, and much of this is agricultural land.”

In early October, Ukraine’s prosecutors recorded over 265 Russian war crimes against the environment and 14 cases of ecocide.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts