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UN Security Council Members recognize Russia’s actions as directed against Ukrainian identity

UN Security Council Members recognize Russia’s actions as directed against Ukrainian identity

On July 15, 2022, a meeting of the UN Security Council Arria-formula was held on the topic: “The destruction of cultural heritage as a consequence of Russian aggression against Ukraine.” The meeting was attended by both permanent representatives of the countries in the UN, representatives of UNESCO, and the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), who had just visited Ukraine.

“As of today, Russians have committed 423 crimes against our cultural heritage. They are targeting our heritage on purpose. Each speaker expressed his vision of the war in Ukraine — and it is the only one — Russia is trying to destroy our identity”, noted Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.

The meeting was initiated by Albania and Poland in cooperation with Ukraine. It is co-sponsored by Council members Ireland and the UK and several non-Council members. The parties condemned Russian aggression and recognized Russia’s actions as directed against Ukrainian identity, and emphasized the need to strengthen joint efforts to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage from Russian aggression.

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