: Multiple lawsuits against Russia expected over destroyed plants in the east - deputy minister

13:33 Jul. 25, 2016

Multiple lawsuits against Russia expected over destroyed plants in the east - deputy minister

Heorhiy Tuka, Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories and IDPs. (UNIAN Photo)

Heorhiy Tuka says losses over occupation yet to be determined

Ukraine's losses over the annexation of Crimea and the destruction of mines and plants in the eastern part of the country by the Russian-backed separatist forces are yet to be estimated, but the amounts are huge. That's according to Heorhiy Tuka, Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

"Lately some Ukrainian companies have started to reclaim rights over their possessions in Crimea," Tuka said in an interview with Radio Svoboda. "One of the Chernivtsi-based companies has won over an oil base in Sevastopol through court. I am sure these are just the first steps, because there are a lot of claims beign prepared right now. We will help our citizens to demand compensation via courts."

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The deputy minister also said Ukraine could lose the whole Donetsk coal basin, as the occupying forces do not provide the necessary maintenance for the mines.

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