UNESCO assessed the damage from the conflict in Ukraine for cultural sites

According to the estimates of the international organization, 152 cultural objects were damaged in Ukraine, of which 70 have a religious purpose *

According to UNESCO estimates, 152 cultural sites in Ukraine were partially or completely destroyed during military operations, according to organization's message.

Including— 70 religious buildings, 30 historical buildings, 18 houses of culture, 15 monuments, 12 museums and 7 libraries.

Three-quarters of the damaged sites are concentrated in three regions: Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv regions, the organization said.

“Cultural heritage in all its forms should never be the target of attacks. I reiterate my call for respect for international humanitarian law, in particular the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict,— said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

UNESCO reported that it has already begun preparations for the future reconstruction of the affected cultural sites. The organization is currently in the process of setting up a Kyiv-based task force for the protection of cultural property, which will soon deploy a mission of heritage experts to the field.

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine almost four months ago— on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called these actions forced and designated as goals the protection of the population of Donbass, the “demilitarization” of and “denazification” Ukraine.

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