Culture Ministry: 200 cultural heritage sites destroyed by Russian invaders

Culture Ministry: 200 cultural heritage sites destroyed by Russian invaders

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As many as 200 cultural heritage sites in Ukraine have been destroyed by Russian aggressors, according to Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko.

"Russian troops are arbitrarily destroying our cultural heritage: churches, synagogues, museums, monuments, theaters. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy has already recorded 200 damaged cultural heritage sites, and these figures are not final," Tkachenko said in a Telegram post, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, the rushists continue war crimes against the Ukrainian heritage, trying to erase Ukrainian history and identity. Destroying Ukrainian culture is one of their strategic goals in this war.

"But we will endure as our ancestors endured and fought. We will start the reconstruction. Therefore, now the continuation of the ‘Great Restoration’ program is a priority for the ministry,” Tkachenko said.

He noted that negotiations are underway with international colleagues to establish an all-European fund to restore funding for the ‘Great Restoration’ program.

On April 18, Ukraine marks the International Day for Monuments and Sites.

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