The damage to Ukraine’s environment as a result of russia’s war is unprecedented and global. This was emphasised by Ruslan Strilets, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, in his speech to members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee in Brussels.
The discussion focused on the environmental security of Ukraine and the world. Within the walls of one of the most influential legislative bodies, the issues of restoring compliance with international law, achieving justice and bringing perpetrators to justice were raised.
“In Ukraine we have already recorded more than 2,900 cases of environmental damage. It is estimated at EUR 56.7 billion. By starting this war, russia has set irreparable processes in motion,” said Ruslan Strilets.
According to the Minister, the consequences will be felt by people all over the world:
“New challenges call for decisive action and solutions. We already have such a solution – the Peace Formula of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This is a 10-point global initiative for sustainable, comprehensive and lasting peace, as well as for preventing the recurrence of crimes and terrorist attacks – at any time, on any continent, and regardless of who decides to become the aggressor,” the Minister stressed.
Ruslan Strilets noted that only by joining forces could justice be restored.
“During the International Forum ‘United for Justice, United for Nature’ in October, we presented a draft environmental declaration. This initiative is reflected in the Global Platform announced by Volodymyr Zelenskyy during COP27. We have already started international consultations on the accession of countries to the document and invite international partners to support Ukraine and thus jointly ensure global security,” the Minister said.