What is it about?

The purpose of this article is to present the way selected governmental departments communicate environmental issues to their citizens during the war in Ukraine. For this purpose, qualitative research has been carried out. The analysed material consisted of messages posted on the websites of the ministries in the period from February 24 to April 1, 2022: Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

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Why is it important?

Description of selected texts from the websites of the Ukrainian ministry, concerning the specific damage that was caused to the environmenat in Ukraine as a result of the war. In the case of ministerial websites of other countries, these were messages referring to the reactions to the war in Ukraine in the environmental context.


The Ukrainian ministry regularly publishes information about the losses that nature is suffering every day as a result of hostilities. In opposition to this narrative are ministerial communications from the countries neighbouring with Ukraine. The lack of any reference to the dramatically deteriorating condition of the environment in Ukraine because of the war, indicates that the danger to the natural heritage that crosses national borders is practically unnoticed.

PhD Karolina Cynk

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This page is a summary of: The Environment in the Context of the War in Ukraine, Comparative Sociology, October 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15691330-bja10065.
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