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International Register of Damage from Russian War launched, Ukrainians can submit applications through Diia

The Secretariat of the International Register of Damage will initially collect applications from individuals whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the Russians. 

International Register of Damage from Russian War launched, Ukrainians can submit applications through Diia
Damage after shelling of Kyiv
Photo: SES

Today, during the conference "Restoring Justice for Ukraine" in The Hague, the official launch of the International Register of Damages Caused to Ukrainians by the War Unleashed by Russia was announced, The Guardian reports.

Deputy Minister of Justice Iryna Mudra said that the registry's secretariat will collect applications, process them, systematise them, group them and enter them into the relevant sections. In April, the first category of the register will be launched, which will cover losses and damage caused to individuals who have lost their homes. Instructions on how to apply will be developed.

It is expected that the register will receive up to 10 million inquiries in total, including 300,000 to 600,000 claims for housing.

"This is the first significant step that is being taken. It is extremely important that we meet here today, not only to discuss how we will hold Russia accountable, but also to launch a very specific procedure that can benefit every Ukrainian who has suffered," added Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, who was present at the conference.

According to Mykhaylo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, applications to the International Register of Losses can be submitted through Diia. "The data from the international register will be the basis for future reparations," he said.

To use the service, you need to update Diia.

"The first step is to submit an application via the app for destroyed or damaged property: a private house, apartment, country or garden house or other residential premises. To apply, you need to be the owner of the property and have a Certificate of Inspection from the local authorities, which is important," the minister said.

Next, it will be possible to submit applications to the register for forced displacement, harm to life, health, torture, and sexual violence. Afterwards, businesses and the state will be able to file complaints. 

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