Justice Ministry says resolution expected from UN GA regarding compensation for Ukraine
Justice Ministry says resolution expected from UN GA regarding compensation for Ukraine (Photo:edgarwinkler / pixabay)
An emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Nov. 14 has been scheduled to establish a mechanism for compensating Ukraine for losses caused by Russia's armed aggression, a Ukrainian Justice Ministry official has announced.
Iryna Mudra, Deputy Minister of Justice and member of the working group on the development of a compensation mechanism, said a UN General Assembly resolution on compensation was expected soon.
"We expect a fundamental UN decision on compensation next week,” Mudra said.
“We understand that the UN Security Council will not approve this idea, because there is no security where Russia has a veto,” she said.
“Therefore, we have chosen a way to get a resolution from the UN General Assembly. Such a document has a recommendatory nature, but the more countries support it, the more significant it will be. This is a demonstration of the attitude of the world community, and we expect the decision to be fair. The UN session will start (on Nov. 14) at 5 p.m. Kyiv time.”
The draft resolution "Promotion of legal protection and reparations for Ukraine" was developed by the Ukrainian working group* and proposed by Kyiv. It provides for the recognition by the UN states of the need to create a compensation mechanism. Its purpose is to indemnify for losses and damage to individuals and legal entities caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ministry said.
In addition, this mechanism will provide for the payment of compensation to victims of war, relatives of the victims, those who were tortured and sexually abused, prisoners, etc.
It will allow them to receive compensation for damage caused to property of various forms of ownership, as well as to the environment. It is assumed that the decisions on compensation will be financed through the sale of Russian assets seized abroad. Currently, the estimated sum is at least $300 billion.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the UN General Assembly has expressed its support for Ukraine and condemned Russia's actions on several occasions.
The last time was on Oct. 12, when 143 out of 193 UN member states condemned the sham "referendums" Russia arranged in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
*The working group includes representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the President, experts in international law under the leadership of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak.
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