The International Register of Damages has been launched in The Hague: how many Ukrainians have already applied for reparations

500 Ukrainians demanded compensation from Russia for damages on the first day of the registry's operation
500 Ukrainians demanded compensation from Russia for damages on the first day of the registries' operation. Source: Facebook page of Serhiy Bolvinov

In just the first day after the launch of the International Register of Damage Caused by Russia's full-scale armed invasion, Ukrainians filed more than 500 claims. This indicates that there was a considerable demand for this opportunity in society.

This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. He reminded that such a register is part of the international Compensation Mechanism.

"Restoration of the energy sector is part of the rapid reconstruction of Ukraine, which is underway right now. We insist that the aggressor must pay for the losses caused," emphasized Shmyhal.

The Cabinet of Ministers is currently working on establishing a Compensation Commission and a Compensation Fund. The fund will receive funds from Russian assets that have been confiscated abroad. In this regard, the Prime Minister congratulated the partners who expressed their readiness to transfer frozen Russian assets to the fund – in 2024, their total value could reach 5-8 billion euros.

"But this is only the first step towards restoring justice. The principle "Russia will pay" must be fully implemented," Shmyhal summarized.

Earlier it was predicted that in the housing segment alone, the Register would receive from 300 to 600 thousand applications from victims. In total, Ukrainians are expected to fill out up to 8 million applications for compensation.

You can file a property damage claim for free by filling out an electronic form in the Diia app. Only applications for destroyed or damaged real estate are accepted at the first stage.

How to do it:

  1. Log in to the Diia app from your smartphone or website and log in.
  2. Select the item "Application for compensation for damages".
  3. Click "Select a property" to submit an application.
  4. Fill in the data about the property (Diia pulls data from the registers – check the information or update the data in the register if necessary) – click "next".
  5. Check the data and sign the application with an electronic signature.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, the registry was established in 2023 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and has now been joined by the EU and 43 other countries, including the United States, Japan, and Canada. The main goal of the Register is to record all claims of damage caused by the war so that Russia can pay fair reparations to Ukraine and Ukrainians.

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