As a result of Russian aggression, Ukrainian cultural heritage sites have such damage the world has not seen since World War II
“Due to Russian aggression, the cultural heritage in most regions of Ukraine was damaged and destroyed. As a result of shelling, buildings have such damage that Ukrainians have not seen since World War II.
Currently, as of July 1, 2022, we have 407 verified cases of Russian war crimes against our heritage. These are approximate numbers. After all, it is difficult to get information from temporarily occupied territories and places of active hostilities. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine continues to work on recording the destruction of cultural heritage sites to have evidence for international proceedings.
We continue consultations and negotiations with international partners, in particular, specialists from UNESCO and ICCROM (the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and professional public organizations in matters of cultural heritage protection and loss documentation. Pilot projects on 3D scanning of damaged objects were also implemented with the participation of foreign specialists,” said Kateryna Chuieva, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.