Environmental damage caused to Ukraine by Russia’s full-fledged aggression amounts to ₴3 trillion (over $81.3 billion). Some of Ukraine’s natural resources have been lost forever.
Ruslan Strilets, minister of environmental protection and natural resources, said this at an international conference in Lviv.
"Russians destroy everything like barbarians, without even realizing that the environment knows no state borders. We have already estimated the damage: ₴3 trillion in damage to the environment — soil and air contamination, burned forests, and devastated natural resources. Some of Ukraine’s natural resources have been lost forever," said the minister.
According to the minister, the greatest damage has been inflicted on forests.
"Almost 3 million hectares (11,500 square miles) of forests have been damaged — this is almost a third of all Ukrainian forests. Another 500,000 hectares (nearly 2,000 square miles) are on the occupied territory or in the combat zone," he said.
Russia’s actions inflicted damage on biodiversity, affecting 600 animal and 750 plant species.