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The Russian invasion of Ukraine took out almost all wind power capacity in Ukraine, according to a new report from the United Nations. The report also highlights that among Eastern European countries, Ukraine had added the most solar and wind power capacity between 2017 and 2021, before the devastating invasion.

From when the invasion began in February 2022 to June, 90 percent of wind power capacity and 30 percent of solar power capacity in the country were completely out of operation. The study from REN21 and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) also looked at the potential for Ukraine to redevelop solar and wind production to enable energy independence. Ukraine imports the majority of its fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been devastating for the environment, and Kyiv recently announced it will seek compensation in international courts. Russian missiles have hit their chemical plants, thermal power plants, and oil deposits which has severely affected the environment. The forests in the country are burning, and the Ukraine they once knew is being destroyed.

So many innocent lives have been lost, countless volunteers are helping to rescue animals all over the country, and many people are staying behind to help feed hundreds of refugees every day. The impact of the Russian invasion has been devastating for the environment and the global food supply and has even caused mass animal deaths like these dolphins in the Black SeaActivists all around the world are standing for the people of Ukraine and demanding an end to this war. Sign this petition to stand with Ukraine and check out 10 Ways to Help People and Animals in Ukraine!

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