Environmental damage caused by Russian shelling calculated in Zhytomyr region shutterstock

Environmental damage caused by Russian shelling calculated in Zhytomyr region

Elizaveta Volkotrub

The amount is still not final

The Russian attack on an infrastructure facility in Zvyagel (Zhytomyr region) caused environmental damage worth more than UAH 48 million.

Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets said this on the We Are Ukraine TV channel.

"A fire broke out at the infrastructure facility of the Zvyagel community due to the hit of a Shahed, and it was quite large-scale. As a result, a large amount of pollutants was released into the air," the minister said.

He noted that if people were in the area of potential impact, their health would have suffered considerable damage.

"Our environmental inspection specialists went to the site, took the relevant samples and preliminarily calculated that the environmental damage caused by such a terrorist attack is more than UAH 48 million," said Strelets.

It became known that fuel and lubricants also got into the soil. Experts have already taken samples and are awaiting the results.

"As for air quality, it has stabilized. There are no sources that could release additional pollutants," the minister added.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, eco-inspectors calculated the damage from one of the numerous enemy shellings that took place at the end of last year in Kherson.

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