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    In the Russian Federation considered a “trick” Kyiv's application for recognition of Odessa as a UNESCO heritage

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    During the Russian special operation to protect civilians in Donbass, not a single Ukrainian object that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List was damaged. This was stated on August 31 by Russia‘s permanent representative to the organization Alexander Kuznetsov.

    anti-Russian show. According to Kuznetsov, this is another evidence that “this is not about the noble cause of protecting the heritage, but about another propaganda trick.”

    since 2009, Odessa has been on the provisional national list and is only now making frantic efforts to include it on the UNESCO list as soon as possible. The question arises: if Kyiv is in such a hurry with this matter, then why are its Western sponsors blocking the next session of the World Heritage Committee? – he said in an interview with the TV channel Russia-24″ .

    Earlier, on August 30, it was reported that Ukraine plans to apply to UNESCO with a request to include the historical center of Odessa in the list of world heritage sites. This issue was raised by the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko at a meeting with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay. It also became known that with the support of UNESCO, more than 1 thousand works of art stored in Odessa, as well as documentary funds of the state archive of the city, will be digitized. The military administration (OVA) officially notified the Odessa city council that the monuments to Catherine II and Alexander Suvorov in the city do not have the status of cultural heritage objects, and permits are not required for their dismantling.

    In early August Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a petition to the Odessa City Council to demolish the monument to Catherine II. One of them refers to the demolition of the monument to the Russian Empress, the other proposes to replace it with a statue of pornographic actor Billy Herrington.

    Earlier, on June 26, The Washington Post, citing UNESCO data, reported that since February 24, 152 internationally recognized cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed in Ukraine. It is noted that mostly religious buildings were destroyed. Thirty of them were historical buildings, the rest were cultural centers, monuments or museums and libraries. Most of them were in Kyiv, Kharkov and Donetsk.

    On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the Donbass. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR. Izvestia.

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