Ecoaction has been monitoring cases of potential negative environmental damage caused by russian aggression since February 24, following the start of russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.
The purpose of this work is to communicate the potential effects of the war on the environment and the population of Ukraine, as well as to support the Ukrainian authorities in collecting facts that will be used to obtain compensation (reparations) from russia for the damage caused in international courts. Crimes against the environment are also part of war crimes. According to the Geneva Convention, “it is forbidden to use methods or means of warfare that are intended to cause or may be expected to cause widespread, lasting and severe damage to the natural environment”.
Nuclear power plants, seaports, hazardous waste storage facilities (mineral fertilizers, polyurethane foam, paint, oil and lubricants, etc.), industry, including chemical and metallurgical plants are now in the zone of active hostilities. Fires in oil depots, gas stations, landfills, there are facts of damage to heating and water supply facilities (sewage pumping stations, filtering stations, water pipelines). All information presented was collected by employees of the Ecoaction from open sources (media and official reports of the authorities), the geographical location of points is indicated approximately.
A complete assessment of the damage will be possible after the end of active hostilities. But Ukrainians will feel the consequences of this war for years.
Therefore, it is vital to stop the war as soon as possible. Russia must pay for all crimes against humanity, the destruction of businesses and infrastructure, and crimes against the environment.