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Ukraine supplements its lawsuit against Russia in ECHR over Kakhovka HPP explosion

8 June, 2023 Thursday
22:36

Ukrhydroenergo, the state-owned company that operated the Kakhovka HPP, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over the destruction of the plant as part of an earlier lawsuit against Russia

Ukrhydroenergo's press service reported this on Thursday, June 8.

In order to protect its violated rights and interests as soon as possible, the company asks the ECHR to consider the case as a matter of priority in connection with Russia's terrorist actions.

“The organized blowing up of the dam, which is an object of critical social infrastructure, violates the Geneva Convention, in particular, the First Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts of June 8, 1977, which established a list of objects that cannot be attacked.”

Ukrhydroenergo also emphasizes that Russia's blowing up of the Kakhovka HPP grossly violates the rules of warfare, poses a risk to civilian lives, and has led to, according to preliminary estimates, irreversible damage to the company's property.

Russia was expelled from the Council of Europe in March 2022, after which it announced that it would not comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. At the same time, the ECHR's position is that Russia is obliged to comply with the judgments in cases taken into consideration before its withdrawal.

  • In the fall of 2022, the European Court of Human Rights accepted for consideration a lawsuit filed by Ukrhydroenergo against Russia for compensation for damages caused by unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine.

  • On June 6, Ukraine told the International Criminal Court about Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, which will hold public hearings on June 6-14, 2023, in a case of Russia's violation of at least two conventions.

  • On June 6, Russians blew up the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. Read more about it here.

  • The Ministry of Health suggests the possibility of a cholera outbreak as a result of the Russians' blowing up the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam and flooding a number of settlements.
  • Kakhovka dam explosion: 1700 residents of Kherson region are evacuated, Russia launches hacker attack on hotline software
  • As a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, wheat prices rose by 3% to USD 6.4 per bushel, corn by 1%, and oats by 0.8%. After correction, wheat costs about USD 6.23.
  • In the occupied town of Oleshky, Kherson region, the first deaths have already occurred as a result of flooding after the Russian troops blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the mayor of the occupied town, Yevhen Ryshchuk, told Espreso.
  • Acting Director General of the Forests of Ukraine State Enterprise Yuriy Bolokhovets reported that 55,000 hectares of forest were threatened with flooding as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.
  • On June 7, the Ministry of Health reported a massive fish pestilence in the Dnipropetrovsk region and urged people not to collect or eat dead fish, or buy them at spontaneous markets.
  • On June 8, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy said that Ukraine could lose several million tons of crops due to the Russians' explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.
  • Two water utilities in the Nikopol region were shut down due to the shallowing of the Kakhovka reservoir.
  • Water from the Kakhovka reservoir cut off the Kinburn Spit from the mainland.
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