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Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk went to Turkey and met with Azovstal defenders who have been freed from Russian capture and are now under the protection of the Turkish government, the press service of Verkhovna Rada reported on June 4.
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According to the report, Russia has also lost 3,837 tanks, 7,512 armored fighting vehicles, 6,305 vehicles and fuel tanks, 3,555 artillery systems, 1,132 cruise missiles, 583 multiple launch rocket systems, 344 air defense systems, 313 airplanes, 298 helicopters, 3,175 drones, and 18 boats.
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A least six explosions were heard near Russian-occupied Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ivan Fedorov, the city's exiled mayor, reported on June 3. One of the explosions was reported at a railway near Melitopol, which Russian forces had reportedly been using to transport military equipment and personnel. Fedorov did not provide further details.

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Deputy defense minister: Russia conducting mass deforestation in occupied territories

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 5, 2023 7:41 PM 1 min read
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Russia is actively destroying the natural resource potential of occupied territories in Ukraine, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar stated on her Telegram channel on April 5.

Russian enterprises are harvesting forests on a large scale in Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and other oblasts, Maliar reported.

“[Russian] entrepreneurs carry out uncontrolled barbaric felling of forest plantations, which, if continued, will inevitably lead to catastrophic consequences for the environment,” she said.

The forests in question had been artificially planted to protect against wind, soil, and water erosion.

In addition, Russia has prohibited the local population from agricultural work, which may disrupt this year’s sowing of crops and eventually lead to neglect of agricultural soil.

Russia’s invasion has caused serious damage to Ukraine’s farmlands, forests, and national parks, and marine habitats.

Damage to industrial facilities have led to increased air, water, and soil pollution. Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov estimated the total cost of the environmental damage as a result of Russia's war to be $35.3 billion.

More than 5,000 dolphins die in Black Sea as a result of Russia’s war
Russia’s war in Ukraine is not only killing civilians but defenseless animals as well. Marine biologists and ecologists from countries in the Black Sea region are sounding the alarm, as dolphins die en masse for the fourth month in a row. Ivan Rusev, an environmental scientist at Ukraine’s Tuzly E…
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