The territories captured by Russian forces in 2022 – including those already liberated by the Ukrainian army – make up more than one-sixth of Ukraine. They are situated alongside the border in the north, east and south of the country, parts that also happen to be home to protected areas created since the late 19th century.

Last year, Russian forces occupied two biosphere reserves, eight nature reserves, 17 national parks, and more than 900 natural monuments. And at the time of writing, most of these sites are still under this Russian occupation.

The Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve, one of the ...


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