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Churches, museums, and reserves: the number of objects of cultural heritage destroyed by Russia in Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion

By September 11, 464 cases of Russia’s war crimes against Ukrainian cultural heritage had been recorded in Ukraine, while 139 objects were ruined or damaged. This was reported by Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko.

The minister cited the enemy’s shelling of Marhanets, Dnipropetrovsk Region, which happened this week and resulted in two sights, a cultural center and an arts school, being damaged.

Quote"139 objects of cultural heritage were destroyed and damaged as a result of the shelling of the occupiers. In particular, these are 23 monuments of national importance, 109 monuments of local importance, 108 objects of valuable historical buildings and 7 newly discovered objects of cultural heritage," Tkachenko reported.

In addition, according to him, 361 art objects and cultural institutions were destroyed or damaged. These are:

  • 162 religious buildings;
  • 70 cultural and artistic centers;
  • 51 memorial monuments;
  • 44 libraries;
  • 34 museums and reserves.

The Kharkiv and Donetsk regions account for the largest number of destroyed objects of cultural heritage. However, the crimes have been registered in 15 Ukrainian regions.

Context. Russian invaders stole all valuable exhibits from the Museum of Local Lore and the Kuindzhi Art Museum in besieged Mariupol. Among them are original works by Arkhip Kuindzhi and Ivan Aivazovsky.

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