KYIV (QHA) -


Former Economy Minister of Ukraine and former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Viktor Pynzenyk stated the need for Russia to pay compensation for the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Donbas.

He made a corresponding statement in an interview with Gordon publication, answering a question about whether Russia should pay Ukraine compensation for the war.

"I think that the country should receive compensation for the fact that its economic potential was destroyed, for the losses and damage that were caused in the Crimea and the Donbas," Pynzenyk said.

According to him, although the war in the east of Ukraine and the loss of the peninsula caused economic damage to the country, the last devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, Hryvnia, would have occurred in any case, regardless of the events in the Crimea and the hostilities in the Donbas.

“Because it happened for internal economic reasons. The previous two devaluations, thank God, passed without war, but even then there were reasons similar to those that our country is experiencing lately," he said.

Reportedly, the damage caused to Ukraine from the annexation of Crimea is comparable to 1 trillion dollars.

Since the annexation, Russia has illegally confiscated 4,575 thousands of public and private real estate objects in the Crimea.

The Russian occupation authorities have taken steps to compensate owners of property "nationalized" in the Crimea, starting from March 2014, adopting a special law in December 2016.

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