$70 Bln — Russian War’s Damage to the Environment of Ukraine

by Meifan Honcharuk
Wednesday, August 31, 2023
$70 Bln — Russian War’s Damage to the Environment of Ukraine

And while the war lasts, both the scale of the ecological catastrophe and the amount of damage are growing

The Ministry of environmental protection and natural resources of Ukraine reports that the amount of damage that Russia caused to the environment of Ukraine from February 24, 2021, to August 27, 2023, is $55 billion. The amount does not take into account the damage from the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station (about one and a half million). Every day, the amount of damage to the environment increases, and it will be possible to fully assess the scale of the catastrophe only after the end of the war.

  • May 2022. The Ukrainian army expelled the invaders from the Kyiv region. Hundreds of dead Ukrainians, burnt forests, dug up radiation soil of Chornobyl;
  • December 2022. The liberation of the Kharkiv region and part of the Kherson region;
  • August 2023. Explosion of the Kakhovka dam, flooding of 3 regions (Dnipro, Kherson, Mykolaiv).

In addition, August 27 is Ukraine's Ecological debt day. Global Footprint Network showed that Ukraine began to live in debt from nature on August 2. In 2026-2027, it will become known how much the Russian war against Ukraine has damaged the entire planet's health.

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