Compensating Ukraine

Tuesday 14 May 2024

The Council of Europe recently voted to use seized Russian assets to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction. The US House of Representatives has approved billions of dollars in aid to help Ukraine combat Russia's invasion, also authorising the US government to take frozen Russian central bank assets held in US jurisdictions to help rebuild the country. In April, Ukraine’s Register of Damage started taking claims relating to residential property – a first step in the international compensation mechanism, a framework established in response to recommendations by the UN.

In discussions with experts in the field, Global Insight’s Multimedia Journalist Ruth Green considers the significance of the Register and the compensation mechanism, and the legal and logistical obstacles to overcome.


  • Iryna Mudra, Deputy Minister of Justice, Ukraine
  • Robert Spano, Chair, Board of the International Register of Damage for Ukraine
  • Philip Zelikow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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