The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak discussed Russia's responsibility for environmental crimes in Ukraine with the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Inger Andersen.
He called on the world community, in particular the UN structures, to more actively discuss the issue of preventing damage from Russian aggression, according to the website of the President of Ukraine.
Yermak emphasized that currently the ecological damage from the war has reached 2 trillion hryvnias without taking into account the damage in the temporarily occupied territories. Eco-threats caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war are of a global nature.
He emphasized that the world has no right to remain silent while Russia destroys Ukraine's ecology every day. The aggressor must suffer a fair punishment for the crimes committed against Ukraine's environment.
"Almost 80 years after the Second World War, we really found ourselves in the same situation. Therefore, it is necessary to talk about what is happening in the center of Europe, in a country where several nuclear power plants are located, one of which is still occupied by Russia, and no one knows what is happening there," Yermak added.
Andersen emphasized the support of Ukraine in overcoming the environmental challenges caused by the full-scale war. She noted the importance of a deeper discussion of this issue at the expert level.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that eco-activists called on foreign state, international non-governmental organizations and eco-activists to join forces in order to bring the Russian Federation to account for ecocide in Ukraine and to restore the environment after the war, in particular with the help of reparations.
As EcoPolitic previously reported, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal called on international partners to put pressure on Russia to close the floodgates and restore hydrotechnical structures at the Kakhovskaya HPP.