03/14/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2023 14:29
14 March 2023 - 19:45
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak met with Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen.
Andriy Yermak informed his interlocutor about the environmental crimes committed by the Russian aggressor during its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Among other things, Russia is causing enormous damage to the ecological system of our country.
The Head of the President's Office called on the international community, in particular the UN structures, to discuss the issue of preventing damage from the aggressive war waged by Russia in Ukraine more actively.
According to Andriy Yermak, the world has no right to remain silent while Russia is destroying Ukraine's ecology every day. He noted that the aggressor must get a fair punishment for the crimes committed against the environment of our country.
The Head of the President's Office emphasized that the estimated damage caused to Ukraine's environment as a result of the war amounts to UAH 2 trillion, excluding damage caused in the temporarily occupied territories. And the threats caused by Russia's war in Ukraine are global in nature.
"Almost 80 years after World War II, 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," said Andriy Yermak.
For her part, Inger Andersen emphasized her support for Ukraine in overcoming the challenges faced by our country's ecological system due to the Russian invasion. She emphasized the importance of a deeper discussion of this issue at the expert level.