The armed aggression of the Russian Federation, which it has launched in Ukraine, is exacerbating the global climate crisis.
On this emphasized Adviser to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Serhiy Vlasenko at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York.
On the session they discussed the participation of persons with disabilities in climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilience. In particular, they noted that due to the russian aggression, the number of people with disabilities in Ukraine has grown significantly.
"The war in Ukraine is the first military conflict of this level in the 21st century. Due to russian air strikes on our oil depots and infrastructure facilities, an extremely large amount of pollutants and greenhouse gases enters the air. At the same time, Russia is destroying Ukrainian forests, wetlands, meadows and pastures, which are the main absorbers of carbon. This affects climate change, "Vlasenko said.
The Adviser to the Minister noted that currently Ukraine collects and analyzes information using satellite images, including Copernicus data, to assess environmental damage and calculate greenhouse gas emissions.
At the session, the Ukrainian representative stressed that it is important for our country to introduce new approaches and create methods for calculating losses from hostilities and further inform the world about the crimes of the aggressor.