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Russia deliberately destroys cultural heritage across the country

Russian invaders are deliberately destroying cultural heritage sites all over Ukraine – from the Lugansk region to the Lviv region.

“All the cultural heritage of the whole country, tangible and intangible, is now under attack and must be protected for all humanity,” said Kateryna Chuyeva, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy, during of the Arria Formula meeting on the destruction of cultural heritage in the aftermath of Russian aggression against Ukraine via video link, a correspondent of Ukrinform reported.

As indicated, out of 453 damaged or destroyed cultural sites controlled by ministry employees, 128 have the status of monuments, 147 are religious buildings, 33 are museums and nature reserves, 59 are cultural centers, theaters and cinemas. and 40 are libraries.

In particular, 136 buildings belonging to Christian communities were destroyed or damaged, four – belonging to Muslim communities, six – to Jewish communities.

Chuyeva recalled that some of Russia’s attacks were directly aimed at the destruction of cultural sites, in particular the Hryhoriy Skovoroda Museum in the Kharkiv region and the Ivankiv History and Local History Museum in the Kyiv region.

Damage and destruction caused by rocket attacks, shelling and artillery fire were recorded in 15 regions across the entire territory of Ukraine – from Luhansk and Donetsk regions to Lviv region.

Some museum collections, such as those in Mariupol and Melitopol, were stolen and taken away by the invaders, the deputy minister added.

The Arria Formula meeting on the destruction of cultural heritage in the aftermath of Russian aggression against Ukraine was held at the UN Security Council on July 15, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Albania which chairs the UN Security Council in July, in cooperation with the delegations of Ukraine and Poland.

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