Four rivers were polluted after Russia's strike on local oil depot in Kharkiv region
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Four rivers were polluted after Russia's strike on local oil depot in Kharkiv region


As a result of Russian attacks on an oil depot in the Kharkiv region on February 9, about 3,000 tons of oil leaked into the environment and entered the Udy, Lopan, Nemyshlia and Kharkiv rivers.

Oil polluted four rivers after Russia's strike on the oil depot in Kharkiv region

The approximate area of the polluted water surface is 780,000 square meters. m. The State Environmental Inspection Specialists and the corresponding Basin Management of Water Resources are working at the incident scene. Adequate barriers were made to prevent the oil slick from spreading further downstream.

According to the first estimates, losses from the pollution of water bodies amount to more than 30 million hryvnias.

In general, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, more than 3,800 cases of environmental damage have already been recorded. The total amount of losses reaches almost 2.2 trillion hryvnias.

Five Russian military commanders are accused of shelling a nuclear installation in Kharkiv

Ukrainian prosecutors, for the first time, reported suspicion of ecocide, along with the crime of aggression and war crimes, to a Russian colonel-general and four of his subordinates. The law enforcement officers noted that the military commanders ordered the shelling of the Kharkiv Physical and Technical Institute National Science Center (KhPTI), which houses the world's only nuclear subcritical installation, the Neutron Source, and a nuclear materials repository.

As far as we know, this will be the first case in the world of a criminal prosecution for the crime of ecocide committed during wartime. According to available information, the suspected commander was also involved in crimes in Syria. Then he did not bear responsibility, and now he is fighting against Ukraine, said Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin.

The prosecutor's office noted that from the beginning of March to the middle of September 2022, the Institute was subjected to 74 attacks by the occupiers, including aerial bombs, high-explosive shells of barrel artillery, high-explosive high-explosive and cluster shells of the Grad, Uragan, multiple-launch rocket systems, " Tornado" and "Peony".

According to experts, the Russians caused damage to the environment in the amount of almost 15 billion hryvnias. The cost and volume of restoration works of the buildings and structures of the Institute, which were destroyed and damaged, amount to more than 30 million hryvnias. And these are not the final numbers. Enemy shelling destroyed multimillion-dollar equipment, which has no analogues in the world, the message says

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