Ukraine

Since 2014, conflict in Ukraine’s industrialised eastern Donbas region created a risk of environmental emergencies and will leave a lasting legacy of groundwater contamination from flooded coal mines. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, hundreds of environmentally sensitive sites have been caught up in the conflict, these include industrial and military facilities; nuclear, hydro and fossil fuel energy generating sites; water and sanitation infrastructure and ecologically sensitive natural areas. Read our dedicated joint briefings on nuclear sites, water, industry, fossil fuel facilities, the coastal and marine environment, the climate crisis and nature.

Explore examples of environmental harm in Ukraine

CEOBS has been tracking and assessing incidents in Ukraine since February 2022. This interactive map features 25 incidents from our database that help illustrate some of the types of environmental damage that have been caused or exacerbated by the conflict.

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The environmental risks from a critical minerals rush in Ukraine

Since February 2022, Ukraine has sought to attract international investment and political partnerships by licensing deposits of critical minerals. In this analysis, Iryna Babanina and Rob Watson examine how the demands of the conflict, economy and recovery are exacerbating the threats that their exploitation could pose for Ukraine’s environment.

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Explore cases of environmental harm in Ukraine

CEOBS has been remotely tracking and assessing environmentally-relevant incidents in Ukraine since February 2022. We share our data with relevant stakeholders, it informs our research and advocacy activities, and it is our hope that the dataset will also contribute to Ukraine’s green recovery. We’ve now used it to create an interactive map.

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#Ukraine could become a major supplier of #CriticalMinerals to the EU. Ahead of this month's #Berlin Recovery Conference we analyse the environmental risks that a critical minerals rush could pose for Ukraine's ecologically important areas #URC2024 https://ceobs.org/the-environmental-risks-from-a-critical-minerals-rush-in-ukraine 🧵1/8

#Ukraine could become a major supplier of #CriticalMinerals to the EU. Ahead of this month's #Berlin Recovery Conference we analyse the environmental risks that a critical minerals rush could pose for Ukraine's ecologically important areas #URC2024 https://ceobs.org/the-environmental-risks-from-a-critical-minerals-rush-in-ukraine 🧵1/8

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