Russia Ukraine War: UN experts have confirmed the complete or partial destruction of 152 Cultural & Historic Heritage SAites since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These include museums, monuments, churches and other religious buildings, libraries and other extraordinary buildings. UNESCO said it was an update of its own efforts to help Ukrainian authorities document the damage.
“The repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must stop. Cultural heritage, in all its forms, should not be targeted under any circumstances,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. His agency is helping Ukrainian authorities to mark sites with distinctive “blue shields”, meaning they are protected under the ‘1954-Hague Convention on Culture in Armed Conflicts’, which both Russia and Ukraine agree on. There are signatures.
,Dozens of sites damaged,
“Dozens of sites have been damaged since the start of the Russian offensive on 24 February, three-quarters of them in the eastern regions of Kharkiv and Donetsk, as well as near the capital Kyiv,” UNESCO said in its update.
However, seven World Heritage Sites in Ukraine are yet to be affected, such as Saint Sophia Cathedra and the Monastic Buildings of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the capital.
Ukraine demands Russia to be removed from UNESCO
Ukraine has demanded that Russia be expelled from UNESCO. The agency has indefinitely postponed a meeting to discuss the status of World Heritage sites that the Russian city of Kazan was to host this month.
UNESCO has warned that Russian soldiers or officials guilty of intentionally destroying Ukrainian heritage sites could be prosecuted under international law.
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