UN: More Than 150 Cultural Heritage Sites Damaged in Ukraine

More than 150 cultural and religious monuments in Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed during the war, UN culture organization UNESCO reported. That is at least fifty more than was announced two months ago.


According to UNESCO, these are museums and monuments, churches and other religious buildings, libraries and other exceptional buildings. “These repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must stop. Cultural heritage, in all its forms, should not be targeted under any circumstances,” UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.

The seven Ukrainian entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, have remained undamaged as far as is known. The historic centre of Chernihiv has previously been damaged by heavy fighting. Ukraine had nominated this place for the World Heritage List.

UNESCO uses satellite images and witness accounts to assess the damage. In this way, the organization verifies the information provided by the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has previously called for Russia to be removed from UNESCO. That has not happened yet.

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