Ecocide: Russian troops have committed more than 200 crimes against nature in Ukraine

Since the first days of the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources has recorded 231 environmental crimes committed by the enemy.

“Since the first day of the war, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, together with subordinate executive bodies and environmental activists, has been recording the racists’ environmental crimes and calculating losses using special methods,” said Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Ruslan Strelets.

Rocket fires cause large-scale fires in critical infrastructure, especially oil depots and chemical plants. This causes significant damage to ecosystems, leads to environmental pollution, reducing populations of plant and animal species.

231 environmental crimes of Russia on the territory of Ukraine and in the Black Sea have already been documented. Most cases of ecocide were detected in Kyiv region – 34, Donetsk region – 27 and Dnipropetrovsk region – 22.

“This information will supplement the general basket of losses from Russia’s military action, which is being formed by the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, to prepare a lawsuit before the UN International Court of Justice,” Sagittarius added.