(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine is seeking $80 billion in compensation from Russia over war crimes inflicted during its invasion of the country, kick starting its legal battle at Europe’s human rights court. 

The country’s justice ministry filed the first round of submissions against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, according to a Thursday statement from their lawyers, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. 

“Russia has caused – and is continuing to cause – loss of life, injury and trauma, population displacement and damage to property on a scale not seen in the continent of Europe since the Second World War,” the law firm said.  

The filing addresses violations of the European Convention of Human Rights from the beginning of the invasion in February to the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kyiv and other northern cities in April.

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