Since the invasion, russia destroyed 607 Ukrainian libraries


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Due to the full-scale invasion, 1605 cultural infrastructure facilities were damaged or destroyed. This was reported by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.


“Over the past month, the total number of affected cultural infrastructure facilities has increased by 23 units, most of which are in Kherson region (nine units or 39%). Cultural infrastructure suffered the greatest losses and damage in Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Luhansk regions,” the Ministry of Culture said.


As of July 25, russians had caused damage to 1605 objects of Ukrainian cultural infrastructure, excluding cultural heritage sites.


Club establishments suffered the most damage, accounting for 48% of the total number of all cultural infrastructure facilities that suffered damage. In total, 760 clubs, 607 libraries, 90 museums and galleries, 28 theaters and philharmonic halls, and 120 art education institutions were affected.


Cultural heritage sites were damaged or destroyed as a result of russian shelling in 225 territorial communities: (15.3%) in Vinnytsia (3%), Dnipro (17%), Donetsk (87%), Zhytomyr (12%), Zakarpattia (2%), Zaporizhzhia (33%), Kyiv (29%), Luhansk (42%), Lviv (4%), Mykolaiv (42%), Odesa (4%), Sumy (49%), Kharkiv (36%), Kherson (37%), Khmelnytskyi (5%), Cherkasy (3%), Chernihiv (16%) regions and Kyiv.


At the same time, it is impossible to calculate the exact number of affected facilities, as almost the entire territory of Luhansk and significant parts of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions are under temporary occupation.


Recently, russian missile attack damaged 3 museums in Odesa, including the Literary Museum.


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Photo: Kherson Regional Library