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Ukraine starts collecting evidence of Russian war crimes against environment

Stories, photos, and video evidence can be submitted anonymously on a special platform. 

Ukraine starts collecting evidence of Russian war crimes against environment
In Ukraine, evidence of environmental crimes of the Russian Federation is collected
Photo: Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets

Ukraine has begun collecting evidence of Russian war crimes against the environment, which will be used at the International Criminal Court. This was stated by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets.

"You can leave stories about Russian ecocide, photos and videos on the platform. These testimonies will be submitted to the International Criminal Court, the Prosecutor General's Office and investigators," the Ombudsman said.

He added that this platform is "a kind of storage of Ukrainians' memories".

"The portal, where people anonymously describe their experiences of life during the war, collects evidence of war crimes committed by the terrorist country," Lubinets said.

You can leave an anonymous testimony of Russian crimes against the environment at

  • At the end of January, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Russian crimes had caused UAH 2.2 trillion in environmental damage. Since the beginning of the invasion, almost 3,600 Russian environmental crimes have been recorded.
  • Recently, it became known that the occupiers are planning to transport Russian garbage to eastern Ukraine. The enemy wants to set up nine landfills in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.
  • Last September, the Russians were preparing another environmental disaster: the occupation authorities proposed to use the waters of the Molochna River, which is the largest in the occupied territory of Zaporizhzhya Region, and to transfer its flow to irrigation canals. 
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