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Russian-Ukraine War Destroys $2.6bn Worth Of Ukraine’s Heritage, Says UN

On Monday, a United Nations agency made it known that the Russian-Ukraine war has caused at least $2.6 billion worth of damage to the country’s heritage and cultural sites.

The UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has revealed that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, culture, tourism, sports and entertainment have lost a combined $15.1 billion in revenues. 

It further stated that at least 250 monuments have either been damaged or totally destroyed, mostly in the east of the country.

On Monday, the Director-General of (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay paid a visit to Ukraine where he said around $6.9 billion was needed to repair the damage and get the sectors running again.
“We will help the Ukrainian authorities draw up a national reconstruction plan for the culture sector,” she said.

Seven cultural sites and one natural site in Ukraine are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List including, the historic city centre of Odesa in the southwest, which has been largely spared damage in the conflict.

Sixteen other sites are on UNESCO’s world heritage sites list, awaiting a formal application by the government in Kyiv to be given World Heritage status.

They include the centre of Chernigiv in northern Ukraine, which had heavy damage during a Russian siege in the early months of the conflict.

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