Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2023

In Osteuropa 1-2/2023

The War in Ukraine and Its Consequences for the Environment

Angelina Davydova, Oleksii Vasil’juk

Deutsche Fassung


Russia’s war against Ukraine brings death and destruction. It not only affects people and infrastructure, it’s also an attack on flora and fauna. Nature is suffering massive damage, whether intentionally or as a result of military operations. Valuable forests have been burned, unique natural landscapes, such as the chalk cliffs in the Sivers'kyi Donets' valley have been destroyed by shelling. Nature and biosphere reserves along the coasts of the Azov and Black seas have become theatres of war. Reliable data on the extent of the damage does not yet exist. But there is cause for concern that some species will suffer irreversible losses.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2023, pp. 61–68)