In Ukraine, another digital tool has appeared for recording the consequences of the Russian invasion – the “Map of Destruction”, which visualizes the infrastructure facilities affected by the hostilities.
Serhiy Mitkalik, Chairman of the Board of the NGO Anti-Corruption Headquarters, announced this at a press conference, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
It is noted that online map already contains information on more than 1,500 destroyed or damaged civilian infrastructure: houses, schools, churches, stadiums, etc. For general access, the portal, created in the early days of the war, started working after the withdrawal Ministry of Defensethat the information posted on it does not harm security.
“There is a counter on the site, and it never stopped for a day. The number of objects on the map is far from the actual volume of destruction, but we do not aim to cover all houses and structures, but choose the most illustrative examples,” Mitkalik emphasized.
Visualization is a feature of the “Map of Destruction”, because, in addition to the exact address and coordinates, it contains photographs of the affected building before destruction and in real time, which, according to the authors of the project, encourages the audience to support Ukraine better than any statistics.
According to Anatoly Komirny, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for Digital Development, Digital Transformation and Digitization, this map, like other initiatives of public activists and institutions, will become an auxiliary tool for creating a more complete picture of the damage caused to Ukraine, especially where the authenticity of the application cannot be verified – in occupied or recently liberated territories.
“The state should not only record such objects, but also make them legally significant for future compensation. In mid-July, we will launch the first stage of the register of damaged property, when it will be possible to add the findings of local government commissions there. And then we will begin to see the real amount of damage … Tools such as the Destruction Map help us a lot and make the picture more complete, especially where we cannot verify the authenticity of the application,” Komirny said.
Information on the map is placed in two languages - Ukrainian and English, since, according to the authors, it is primarily aimed at foreign users who can join the United24 fundraising platform and transfer funds, including for the restoration of Ukraine.
According to Mitkalik, after the end of the war, information from the Map of Destruction will be combined with the interactive Map of Repairs, another project of the Anti-Corruption Headquarters to track the movement of budget funds for repairs at the state expense.
As reported, according to the Kyiv School of Economics, as of the end of May, direct damage to the Ukrainian economy from damage and destruction of residential and non-residential buildings and infrastructure due to the full-scale invasion of Russia already exceeds $ 105.5 billion, the total amount of damage to infrastructure is estimated at 564 -600 billion dollars.