The environmental impact of Russia's war against Ukraine

Vitalii Atanasov

The Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression by a fossil fuel empire, so the peoples of Ukraine have no choice but to resist. In the podcast, we discuss the war and its impact, as well as the historical context of transformations, crises and inequality. Despite the tragedy, Ukrainian society has demonstrated its ability to dialogue and cooperate, and its potential for a more just, inclusive and diverse future. And this future requires international solidarity.

"Ukraine the Possible" is a podcast dedicated to the possibilities and potential for a just and diverse future for Ukraine we are willing to build after the war.

Every month, the author of the podcast, journalist Vitaliy Atanasov, will present new episodes with high-quality analytics about:

- the experience of living in Ukraine during the war;

- the history of recent decades with their transformations, crises, and inequality;

- challenges associated with overcoming the consequences of war.

The series starts with an episode on the damage to Ukraine's environment caused by the full-scale invasion. In particular, you will learn about the consequences of the ecocide after Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. 

References for Episode 1: The environmental impact of Russia's war against Ukraine 

1. Angurets, O., Khazan, P., Kolesnikova, K., Kushch, M., Černochova, M., Havránek, M (2022, March 20). Environmental consequences of Russian war in Ukraine. – Green World – Friends of the Earth.

2. An immediate and maximum global response to Russian terror is needed – address by Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the Russian ecocide caused by the blasting of the Kakhovka HPP — Official website of the President of Ukraine. (n.d.). Official Website of the President of Ukraine.

3. Anthes, E. (2022, April 21). How Nature Becomes a Casualty of War. The New York Times.

4. Graham-Harrison, E. (2022, August 28). Toxins in soil, blasted forests – Ukraine counts cost of Putin’s ‘ecocide.’ The Guardian.

5. Hinnant, S., Mcneil, S., Novikov, I. / Associated Press. (2023, June 12). How Ukraine’s Dam Collapse Could Have “Generational” Consequences. Time.

6. Glanz, J., Santora, M., Robles, P., Willis, H., Leatherby, L., Koettl, C., & Khavin, D. (2023, June 24). Why the Evidence Suggests Russia Blew Up the Kakhovka Dam. The New York Times.

7. Matviyenko, S. (2022, April). Nuclear Cyberwar: From Energy Colonialism to Energy Terrorism. - e-flux Journal #126.

8. Якими є наслідки російського теракту на Каховській ГЕС для дикої природи? Українська Природоохоронна Група.

9. Tsymbalyuk, D., Richardson T. (2022, December 29). Environmental Humanities, Ukrainian Studies: It’s time to talk. NiCHE.

10. Каховская ГЭС полностью разрушена. Рассказываем ее историю, которая тесно связана с историей Новой Каховки (где прямо сейчас — экологическая катастрофа) — Meduza. (2023, June 9). Meduza.

11. Наслідки руйнування Каховської ГЕС – дослідження на основі даних космічного знімання. (n.d.).

Authored by Vitalii Atanasov

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