Ukraine’s environment minister said the Russian invasion caused more than 2,200 cases of environmental damage and released a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Ukrainian Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets held a press conference on Monday at the venue of the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt.
Strilets said the damage caused by soil and air pollution amounted to about $36 billion. He also said the Russian attacks resulted in emissions of at least 33 million tons of greenhouse gases. He estimated that an additional 49 million tonnes of emissions should be produced by the reconstruction efforts. He added that Russia should take responsibility for the emissions.
The minister urged Moscow to immediately stop the invasion. He said the war had not only destroyed the environment but also the future of children.
Earlier Monday, Strilets met with Japanese Environment Minister Nishimura Akihiro and asked for Japan’s support as the country has a lot of experience in environmental matters.
Nishimura said Russia’s invasion extended severe environmental impacts. He expressed his intention to develop bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection in Ukraine.
Japan and Ukraine plan to discuss specific ways to cooperate, such as clearing debris caused by Russian attacks.