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Unesco confirms damage to 139 Ukrainian cultural sites following 100 days of war with Russia

A protective barrier around the Saint Vladimir Monument in Kyiv, 2022 (Sergii Krynytsia/Dreamstime)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has confirmed that 139 Ukrainian cultural sites have been damaged during the first hundred days of the war with Russia.

Unesco has verified damage to 62 religious sites, 26 historic buildings, 17 cultural buildings, 15 monuments, 12 museums and seven libraries since Russia invaded on the 24 February.

Ten regions have been affected: Chernihiv, Donetsk, Ivankiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lugansk, Mariupol, Sumy, Zaporizhzhya and Zhytomyr.

Unesco said in a press statement that it had established its facts by cross-checking reported incidents with multiple sources. It has so far only identified damage to cultural sites and not Unesco World Heritage sites.

It added that it is working with partners on co-ordinated data assessment in Ukraine, including satellite image analysis, in line with the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

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