Soviet Union began this in 1942: Expert on importance of assessing damage from Russia's invasion of Ukraine
The interdepartmental agency for coordinating damage recovery from Russia "for the destruction of Crimea and Donbas", which Ukraine intends to set up, should address the issue of consolidating the volumes and types of losses the country suffered as a result of Russia's armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and Donbas, according to a Ukrainian political analyst Mykhailo Basarab.
According to the expert, this is "an important base for filing a claim against Russia in the future," Krym.Realii reports.
"The reintegration law recognizes the fact of armed aggression not only in the territory of Crimea, but also in Donbas. We remember that for a long time there has been this discussion of Crimea being recognized an occupied territory, unlike Donbas. It was Putin's game to separate these two issues and give them different interpretation ... By the way, the Soviet Union began preparing its claim to Hitler's Germany back in 1942. The victory had been so very distant – that is, it was a far-reaching decision. That's because otherwise, by the end of the war, the winners would not have consolidated data on their losses," said the Ukrainian political scientist.
As UNIAN reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on August 1 appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers to create an interdepartmental coordinating body, which should deal with issue of damage recovery from Russia "for the destruction of Crimea and Donbas."
Poroshenko stressed that the agency's establishment is provided for by the reintegration law adopted in early 2018 and signed by the president February 20.