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Damage caused to Kharkiv's environment in war exceeds UAH 200 bln – mayor

KHARKIV. March 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The military aggression of the Russian Federation has become one of the main causes of environmental pollution in Kharkiv. According to preliminary estimates, environmental damage reaches UAH 200 billion.

The press service of the Kharkiv City Council reported that it was stated by Mayor Ihor Terekhov at an off-site meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management.

“The mayor said that more than 5,500 objects have been damaged by shelling in Kharkiv. These destructions led to the accumulation of construction debris: the remains of materials, plastic, and glass. The bulk of the waste is buried at the Derhachivsky solid waste landfill, whose work was resumed due to shelling only in September 2022. Now a crushing machine for processing construction waste is operating at the landfill, but its capacity is not enough,” the press service said.

According to Terekhov, over 2,000 trees were killed in the city in enemy shelling. In addition, the problem of the state of the rivers has aggravated, as the occupiers fired on infrastructure for the collection, purification and supply of water.

Terekhov also noted the significant damage caused to the environment after the destruction and damage to the facilities of municipal enterprise Kharkivvodokanal: the damage only for one of the facilities of the water supply and drainage system exceeded UAH 221 million.

The mayor also noted the deterioration of air pollution indicators.