By Juan Carlos de Santos with EFE
Published 08/08/2023 – 08:04
More than fifty places of high cultural value were damaged in Odesa (Ukraine), according to Unesco. The agency notes that the impact is “more serious than expected.”
The impact on Odessa on world heritage is more serious than previously thought. According to UNESCO, more than fifty buildings of cultural value were damaged by the bombardments perpetrated by Russia.
Most of the places are severely damaged, that is to say that they have suffered damages in more than 60%, such as the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Museums and entire sectors that are part of the intangible value of the city have also suffered damage.
“From the visit it can be seen that the magnitude of the impact on the historic center of the city is greater than initially expected,” said the director of UNESCO in Ukraine, Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi.
It is a preliminary report that the agency’s experts have made after assessing the damage on the ground. The international specialists traveled to Odessa between July 29 and August 1, visiting sites on the ground and meeting with experts and Ukrainian authorities in order to prepare a detailed report on the damage in the port city.
“In recent months we have seen an escalation of violence against culture and cultural property,” denounced Dezzi Bardeschi, including sites marked by UNESCO as world heritage sites.
The UNESCO mission in Odessa will also serve to unlock funds to implement emergency measures, in order to stabilize the damaged places and protect them from future deterioration. According to the agency, there are more than 270 damaged buildings of cultural value in Ukraine.
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