Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov has announced that his businesses will lodge a claim against Russia and demand compensation for damages following the destruction of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Akhmetov said his holding company SCM will file a lawsuit against the Russian Federation demanding compensation for all losses caused by Russian military aggression.
“I am confident that Ukraine will demand and receive the reparations in full,” the oligarch said.
Akhmetov also complained that his company is unable to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol and evacuate people because of incessant shelling by Russian troops.
With regard to the response of Ukrainian leadership to the Kremlin's aggression, the oligarch noted that “(Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky demonstrates real passion and professionalism in executing his constitutional duty to defend Ukraine, its sovereignty, and restore its territorial integrity.”
On March 17, Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Serhiy Orlov stated that the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, which belongs to SCM Group, had been bombed by Russian warplanes.
Despite the damage, the general director of Azovstal, Enver Tskitishvili, previously said that the work of the steel plant could still be restored.
Earlier, it was reported that the Metinvest company, co-owned by Akhmetov and Opposition Platform MP Vadim Novinsky, launched the production of plates for body armor and anti-tank hedgehogs.