UN report reveals extent of cultural damage in Ukraine since Russia invasion
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UN report reveals extent of cultural damage in Ukraine since Russia invasion

A preliminary report from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Tuesday revealed the extent of damage the war in Ukraine has caused since Russia invaded on February 24. UNESCO verified the war damaged 207 sites, including 88 religious sites, 15 museums, 76 buildings of historic or artistic interest, 18 monuments and 10 libraries. The report noted that no UNESCO World Heritage sites have been damaged yet.

The preliminary report is a part of UNESCO’s larger effort to assess the damage to cultural properties in Ukraine since the outset of the war. UNESCO defines cultural properties under Article 1 of the 1954 Hague Convention. The report is sourced from satellite images taken from before and after the war by both the UN and private companies.

Figures for the Donetsk region contain the highest number of damaged cultural properties. Russia annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya regions along with the Kherson region following what the US and the EU referred to as sham elections.

The totals for each region are listed below:

  • Chernihiv Region – 15 damaged sites
  • Kyiv Region – 30 damaged sites
  • Kharkiv Region – 51 damaged sites
  • Zaporizhzhya Region – 7 damaged sites
  • Zhytomyr Region – 2 damaged sites
  • Donetsk Region – 59 damaged sites
  • Luhansk Region – 25 damaged sites
  • Sumy Region – 8 damaged sites
  • Mykolaiv Region – 6 damaged sites
  • Vinnytsya Region – 2 damaged sites
  • Odesa Region – 1 damaged site
  • Dnipropetrovs’k Region – 1 damaged site

The latest figures from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 16,150 civilian casualties including 6,374 killed and 9,776 injured. JURIST continues to report on the ground from Ukraine.