Ministry of Environment: 30% of Kherson's nature reserves facing extinction

Ministry of Environment: 30% of Kherson's nature reserves facing extinction

The department urges assistance in recording crimes against nature in a mobile application

Ministry of Environment: 30% of Kherson's nature reserves facing extinction

Ukraine's Minister for Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Ruslan Strilets, announced a critical situation in Ukraine's national parks due to the sabotage by russian occupiers of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station dam.

He announced this on his Facebook page.

"30% of Kherson region's nature reserves are threatened with extinction. Water from the Kakhovka reservoir destroyed the Nyzhniodniprovskyi National Park. There is ongoing drying up in the Velykyi Luh National Park by 4.2 metres and Kamyanska Sich National Park by 6 metres. The russian-occupied Oleshkiv sands are threatened with the rise of groundwater", the post reads.

In addition, according to him, due to the sabotage of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station dam, about 1,200 hectares of the Kinburn Peninsula have already been flooded.

Strilets informed that environmental inspectors, national park workers, water managers and foresters continue to record evidence of occupiers' crimes at the scene of environmental disasters and called on all witnesses to assist specialists and report them on the website and in the mobile application of the Ministry of Environment EcoThreat.

"All collected data will be used to recover from the russian federation all damages inflicted on Ukraine", the minister reported.

Background. The Ministry of Environment has reported that the estimated amount of environmental damage due to russia's sabotage of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station amounts to 55 billion UAH.

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