Ukraine, water, and the environment

  • 03.09.2022

The conflict in Ukraine has impacted water supplies and resources in a number of ways. This includes disruption to domestic supplies, and damage to the highly developed infrastructure that supplies energy, industrial and agricultural users. Disruption and damage to water infrastructure can lead to pollution incidents and this has generated concerns about water quality. Pollution has also resulted from the conduct of the fighting itself. Water and water infrastructure have been repeatedly targeted for their strategic value. In addition, many industries that are dependent on water, or whose operations have the potential to impact water quality when disrupted, have been damaged during the fighting.