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Tuesday April 23, 2024

Ukraine invites citizens to register war-time damage

Ukraine wants to use frozen Russian assets to pay for war damages and reparations to victims

By REUTERS
April 03, 2024
Ukraine´s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addresses the opening session on the first day of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London on June 21, 2023. — AFP
Ukraine´s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addresses the opening session on the first day of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London on June 21, 2023. — AFP

THE HAGUE: Ukrainians can begin filing claims for damages they have suffered in Russia’s invasion at a newly-established register based in The Hague, Ukrainian Foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba announced on Tuesday.

The register will initially focus on damage to real estate but should be expanded to include also other kinds of material and other damage, Kuleba said at a conference organised by the Dutch government to discuss legal accountability.

Ukraine wants to use frozen Russian assets to pay for war damages and reparations to victims.

“This is the first material step that is being made,” Kuleba said, adding that claims could be filed by anyone from Tuesday.

“It is no less important to establish an international compensation mechanism in full and confiscate frozen Russian assets,” he told the conference.

The World Bank estimated in February that Kyiv would need $486 billion to rebuild the country devastated by Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. Ukraine has said that amount could double if compensation for the war’s victims is taken into account.