A delegation from the Unesco arrived this Saturday in the Ukrainian city of Odessa for assess the damage caused by the Russian attacks that occurred between July 19 and 23, informed the governor of the region, Oleg Kiper.
The head of the Odessa Regional Military Administration announced on his channel Telegramwho has met with representatives of the agency of the UN and published several photos that reflect the meeting of his team with the members of the delegation.
“They have arrived in Odessa with the mission of carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the damage suffered by cultural and religious objects because of Russian missile attacks“, wrote.
Kiper added that the authorities will provide all possible support to the delegation, which will document the effects of the attacks over the next four days.
“It is very important for us to transmit to the whole world information about all the atrocities committed by the Russian Federation in Odessa. I would like to remind that as a result of the last enemy attack they were damaged 28 architectural monuments“, he pointed.
Russian missiles launched on the night of July 22-23 destroyed part of the historic center of Odessa, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage and they damaged, among other monuments, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.
Ukraine and its allies have accused Russia of war crimes by deliberately targeting historic buildings such as the city’s grand Orthodox cathedral. Moscow attributes the damage to the building to a Ukrainian rocket.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrellaccused Russia of bombing the great Orthodox cathedral of Odessa in what he has condemned as a “new war crime.
“The constant terror of Russian missiles on Odessa, under the protection of the Unescoconstitutes another new war crime of the Kremlin, which has also demolished the main Orthodox cathedral, a place that is a world heritage site,” Borrell said on his Twitter account.
The Cathedralfounded in 1794 and consecrated in 1809, had been restored in 2007.
In January, UNESCO approved the inclusion of the historical center of Odessa on your list of World Heritage in dangerthereby acquiring a special protection status against damage from the Russian invasion.
Odessa has been bombarded several times by Russia since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
In July 2022, part of the large glass roof and windows of the Odessa Museum of Fine Arts, opened in 1899, were destroyed.
The decision was taken by the UNESCO World Heritage Committeemeeting in Paris in an extraordinary session in which the candidatures were examined by an urgent procedure applied to sites of exceptional interest that are considered threatened.
Unesco had officially received last October, formalized by the president Volodimir Zelenskythe candidacy of the historic center of Odessa to World Heritage.
“The center of the port city of Odessa, a melting pot of trade and migration, has been built through multiple influences. It has a heritage and a history that resonates throughout the world and constitutes a powerful symbol”, he had pointed out then. Audrey Azoulaydirector general of the Unesco agency.
(With information from EFE, Reuters and Europa Press)
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