Ukraine has never experienced such a scale of crimes against cultural heritage since the Second World War, - Kateryna Chuyeva
As of August 24, 492 episodes of russian war crimes against Ukrainian cultural heritage sites and cultural institutions have already been documented. Kateryna Chuyeva, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy, stated this at a briefing today.
“Ukraine has never experienced such a scale of crimes against cultural heritage since the Second World War. Today, we have an unprecedented number of destructions,” said Kateryna Chuyeva.
Thus, as a result of shellings of the occupiers, no less than 140 objects of cultural heritage were destroyed and damaged. Among them are 23 monuments of national significance, 110 monuments of local significance, 129 objects of valuable historical buildings and 7 newly discovered objects of cultural heritage.
In addition, 368 other objects and cultural institutions were destroyed or damaged due to the actions of the occupiers.
Among them no less than 166 objects of religious buildings, 73 cultural centers, theaters, cinemas and other artistic centers; 52 memorial monuments and works of art; 45 libraries; 35 museums and objects in reserves.
“Today, religious buildings have suffered the greatest damage. russians have already completely destroyed or damaged no less than 166 religious buildings. 53 of which are registered as monuments of architecture, history and urban planning,” said the Deputy Minister.
Currently, war crimes have been documented in 15 regions of Ukraine:
129 - in Donetsk region (the largest number - 93 in the city of Mariupol and its outskirts),
104 - in Kharkiv region (the largest number - 86 in the city of Kharkiv and its outskirts),
79 - in Kyiv region (the largest number - 52 in Bucha district),
57 – in Luhansk region (the largest number – 52 in Sievierodonetsk district),
38 – in Chernihiv region (the largest number – 29 in the city of Chernihiv and its outskirts),
28 - in Sumy region (the largest number - 18 in Okhtyrka district),
18 – in Zaporizhzhia region (the largest number – 10 in Pology district),
10 – in Mykolaiv region,
6 – in Zhytomyr region,
6 – in Kherson region,
5 – in the city of Kyiv,
5 – in Dnipropetrovsk region,
4 – in Odesa region,
2 – in Vinnytsia region,
1 - in Lviv region.
“Statistics, regretfully, are not getting better. And now several dozen objects are being verified. Therefore, we call upon everyone to continue providing information about the destruction of cultural heritage sites, or about those objects which, in your opinion, are valuable in terms of history, culture, etc” - said Kateryna Chueva.
You can help in collecting information about russian war crimes against Ukrainian cultural heritage sites and cultural institutions as follows:
- send information about damaged or destroyed sites of cultural heritage, which are not yet in the MCIP database, in your regions and communities here.
- send clarifications or additional photo and video materials to objects, which are already in the database, to the address [email protected]
Note: if you take any data from the network, please be sure to add a link to the source.
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