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 Kyiv assessing environmental damage inflicted by Russian-backed militants in Donbas and Crimea, - Ecology Minister Semerak

Ukraine is assessing the damage Russia and its militants inflicted to the environment in Ukraine's Donbas and Crimea.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak on air of Radio Svoboda.

The official did not rule out that the collected information might be a cause for legal actions against Russia in the international courts.

"I have instructed our departments to assess and calculate the amount of damage caused to the environment in monetary terms in Crimea and the Donbas separately," Semerak explained.

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"This is not an easy work to do. First of all, we do not have access to those territories, and secondly, we lack actual methodology of how to make such an assessment. We are consulting with our colleagues from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with our colleagues from the international organizations," the Ecology Minister said.

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"We will continue making these efforts. The preliminary assessments that I can make today, those facilities that we examine with the help of the satellite images, with the help of testimonies, with the help of accounting information suggest not even tens of billions but hundreds of billions hryvnia in damage," Semerak added.
 
 
 
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