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The UN and UNESCO are creating a platform for cultural objects destroyed in Ukraine (photo)

According to UNESCO representative Christa Pittak, during wars, cultural heritage often suffers unintentionally. But sometimes cultural monuments are destroyed on purpose, because they are the essence of the identity of individual countries.

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The UN Satellite Center UNOSAT and UNESCO said that a complete database of destroyed cultural sites in Ukraine is almost ready. The published photographs show cultural sites before and after Russian strikes. In the near future, a special tracking platform will be available to the public. This is reported by The Guardian.

With the help of such images, the UN monitors architectural, historical and cultural monuments that were damaged during the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The list includes 207 cultural objects: 88 religious buildings, 15 museums, 76 buildings that are historical and cultural interest, 18 monuments and 10 libraries.

Most of these destructions are in the east of Ukraine and in the capital region, in the Donetsk region there are 59 verified cultural sites, in the Kharkiv region there are 51 such objects, in the Luhansk region – 25.

 The UN and UNESCO are creating a platform of cultural objects destroyed in Ukraine (photo)

The UN and UNESCO create a platform for cultural objects destroyed in Ukraine (photo)

Representatives of UNESCO assess the situation with cultural monuments as bad, and fear that it will get even worse in the future.

“Cultural heritage is very often unintentionally damaged during wars, but sometimes it is purposefully destroyed, because it is the essence of identity individual countries,” explained Christa Pittak, UNESCO Representative for Cultural and Emergency Affairs.

 The UN and UNESCO are creating a platform of cultural objects destroyed in Ukraine (photo)

The UN and UNESCO create a platform for cultural objects destroyed in Ukraine (photo)

UNESCO together with satellite The Unosat UN center has created a whole platform of destroyed cultural objects.

According to the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, data from social networks and other sources, UNESCO sends a list of potentially damaged objects to Unosat representatives, who request satellite images from commercial companies.

UNESCO pays $10 per square kilometer for high-resolution images from Maxar and Airbus.

A small team of experts from Unosat study the before and after images devastation.

“We are doing a daily analysis of Ukraine using satellite images to get a detailed picture of what is happening,” said Manuel Fiol, senior project analyst.