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UNESCO updated the list of cultural sites damaged in Ukraine during the war


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Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion and as a result of hostilities in Ukraine, 236 sites of historical, religious and artistic interest have been damaged. This is reported on the organization’s official website.


These 236 sites include: 18 museums, 11 libraries, 18 monuments, 83 buildings of historical and/or artistic interest and 105 religious sites.


The geography of cultural sites affected by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the distribution by number is as follows:

  • Donetsk region – 65 objects, including: Central City Library V.G.Korolenko in Mariupol.
  • Kharkiv region – 54 sites, including the historical “Slovo” building, Kharkiv State Scientific Library and Hryhorii Skovoroda National Literary Memorial Museum.
  • Kyiv region – 35 sites, including the bust of Taras Shevchenko in Borodyanka, Central City Library in Irpin and Makariv Public Library.
  • Luhansk region –27 objects, including: Sievierodonetsk Central City Library.
  • Chernihiv region – 16 sites, including the building of the Regional Children’s Library, Chernihiv Regional Universal Scientific Library. V.G. Korolenko, Central City Library M. Kotsiubynsky and Memorial house-museum and estate of Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi.
  • Sumy region – 12 sites, including the library of Soldatske village.
  • Zaporizhzhia region – 10 sites
  • Mykolaiv region – 7 sites
  • Kherson region – 3 sites
  • Zhytomyr region – 3 sites
  • Vinnytsia region – 2 sites
  • Odesa region – 1 site
  • Dnipropetrovska oblast – 1 site


The full list of sites can be found on the UNESCO website.


The organization also notes that as of January 20, 2023, none of the cultural sites of the UNESCO World Heritage in Ukraine were damaged.


We remind you that the list includes: St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, the ensemble of the historic center of Lviv, Struve Geodetic Arc, the Residence of the Metropolitans of Bukovina and Dalmatia, wooden churches of the Carpathian region in Poland and Ukraine, the ancient city of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora.


Read also: Russia has already destroyed more than 1200 objects of cultural infrastructure


Photo: Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation