The Saint Sophia Cathedral and monastic buildings in kyivas well as the historic center of the Ukrainian city of Lviv (west), entered this Friday in the list of world heritage in dangerby Russian invasion of Ukraineindicated the UNESCO.
“The sites of Kiev and Lviv were inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger,” said a UNESCO source, following the decision taken by the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, which followed the recommendation of the agency’s experts. the ONU.
With their entry on the list of world heritage in danger, these places in kyiv and Lviv thus follow in the footsteps of the historic center of the city of Odessa (south), where at the end of July Russian bombings destroyed several buildingsamong them the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.
”These sites are threatened with destruction. There were attacks on the buffer zones of these sites and we don’t know what will happen in the future,” she explained to the AFP At the beginning of September the director of World Heritage, Lazare Eloundouin Paris.
The inclusion will further strengthen the protection of these sites, by implementing specific action plans and calling on the international community to support their implementation, as well as allowing funds to be mobilized to finance emergency works, according to UNESCO.
At the beginning of July, A “historic building” was bombed in Lviv, in the “first” attack on an area protected by the World Heritage Convention since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, according to UNESCO.
This UN agency has so far recorded damage in some 270 Ukrainian cultural sites.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral and the Kiev Caves Monastery were included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1990. The historic center of Lviv was inscribed in 1996.
(With information from AFP and EFE)