On Friday, July 1, Ukrainian borshch was included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of immediate protection. The corresponding decision was made by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the head of the Ministry of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko reported.
"The battle for borshch started before the war. And no matter how many times Masha Zakharova told that "cookery-books were forbidden, and the dish recipe was kept secret and it was forbidden to cook" and in general our borshch is "a manifestation of extremism and Nazism", this "manifestation of extremism" is now officially Ukrainian and officially under the protection of UNESCO," he stressed.
Context. This April, Maria Zakharova, speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry, substantiated the "Nazism" in Ukraine by saying that borshch is called Ukrainian in cookery-books and the recipe for its cooking is classified for Russians.
"Why? Because one cannot share borshch, just cannot, it should belong only to one people, one nationality. And so that it is shared, so that in each city or each region each housewife can cook it in her own way — no. They don't want to compromise. So this is what we are talking about — xenophobia, Nazism, extremism in all forms," Zakharova said.