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Yermak, Executive Director of UN Environment Programme discuss Russia's responsibility for environmental crimes in Ukraine

KYIV. March 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine Andriy Yermak met with Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen.

According to the presidential press service, Yermak informed his interlocutor about the environmental crimes committed by the Russian aggressor during its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

According to him, the world has no right to remain silent while Russia is destroying Ukraine’s ecology every day. He said the aggressor must get a fair punishment for the crimes of ecocide.

In particular, the President’s Office head called on the world community, especially the UN structures, to more actively discuss the issue of preventing harm from Russia’s aggressive war.

Yermak said the estimated damage caused to Ukraine’s environment as a result of the war amounts to UAH 2 trillion, excluding damage caused by Russia in the temporarily occupied territories. And the threats caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine are global in nature.

“Almost 80 years after the Second World War, we really found ourselves in the same situation. Therefore, it is necessary to talk about what is happening in the center of Europe, in a country with several nuclear power plants, one of which is still occupied by Russia, and no one knows what is happening there,” Yermak said.

For her part, Andersen emphasized her support for Ukraine in overcoming the challenges faced by our country’s ecological system due to the Russian invasion and the importance of a deeper discussion of this issue at the expert level.