More than 1,500 historic buildings in Ukraine have been damaged since the Russian invasion began
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More than 1,500 monuments, museums, libraries and other infrastructure of Ukraine’s historical and cultural heritage may have been damaged during the Russian invasion, it detailed on Thursday Conflict Observatoryan institution funded by the US Department of State.
In a report published by the organization that brings together researchers from the Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cultural Rescue Initiativeidentified 1,501 examples of cultural heritage with a high probability of being damaged between February 24 and August 31, 2022.
Of these, 658 are monuments; 488 are religious places; 115 are museums; 99 are libraries or archives; 97 are listed buildings; 11 are archaeological digs; 9 are cultural centers; and 24 are indefinite places.
The report speaks of “potential damage’, as its identification methodology is based on analysis of social media posts or satellite imagery, not direct observation on the ground.
The organization remembered that Cultural heritage is protected under international law that applies to both Russia how Ukraine.
Since the start of the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, various international groups and organizations, including UNESCO, have raised alarms about the damage to cultural heritage caused by the war.
Last month, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Ukraine announced that he would ask Unesco to include the city Odesa in his World Heritage List.
For its part, the United Nations organization pledged to take new measures to protect heritage in the country.
In June, UNESCO reported that more than 150 cultural sites were partially or totally destroyed in the first four months of the war.
Three provinces concentrate three quarters of the damage done since February 24, the date the Russian invasion began: the eastern provinces Donetskwith 45 seats, and Kharkivat 40 and the north Kyivat 26, according to the UN organization.
“These repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must be stopped,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement, the news agency reported. AFP.
“Cultural heritage in all its forms should under no circumstances be targeted,” he added.
Mid-April, Lazare Eloundou Assomodirector of UNESCO World Heritage Centerhad previously reported that a hundred sites had been damaged or destroyed, including historical monuments, some dating from the 11th and 12th centuries and others from Soviet-era architecture.
Ukraine and Russia, signatories of the 1954 Hague Conventionhave an obligation to protect cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict, Azoulay said.
(With information from EFE and AFP)