The Kupyan Regional History Museum was destroyed by the arrival of two S-300 missiles. One of them hit directly into the building where people were. Two women died, 10 people were injured. One of the victims of the enemy attack is the director of the museum Iryna Osadcha.
"Iryna Anatoliivna was the director of the museum for more than 10 years. Under her leadership, the museum was one of the best in Kharkiv Oblast, it was the center of Kupyansk's cultural life," she wrote on Facebook. head of the Kharkiv Historical Museum named after Sumtsova Olga Soshnikova.
She noted that before the war, the team of the Kupyan museum was actively engaged in project management and developed thanks to the grants won. And during the full-scale invasion, Mrs. Iryna did everything possible to save the museum objects. And she continued this work even after the liberation of the city. Materials for the creation of the museum were collected by well-known historians and local historians of Ukraine.
The local history museum was located in a historical manor of the XNUMXth century. It was part of the complex of buildings of the Pokrovsky Cathedral, which was destroyed during the Soviet period. It is an architectural and historical monument.
Ivan Ponomarenko, the co-organizer of the "Kharkov History Night" and "Kharkiv That Beckons" projects, learned about the shelling of the museum from Facebook. The last time he was in the institution was five years ago.
"The museum's holdings included more than 1000 objects, starting with Neolithic tools of ancient people and mammoth bones, artifacts from the time of the settlement of Kupyansk by Ukrainians of the Dnipro region, a diorama of the Kupyansk fortress with chumaks, many objects from the end of the XNUMXth - beginning of the XNUMXth century," recalls Mr. Ivan .
Layout of a Ukrainian hut with typical items of peasant life remembered him especially. But the most important thing is the museum staff:
"Very humane and open, they were delighted to tell and show children and adults the museum exposition. It was obvious that they love their work very much. The director of the museum, Iryna Osadcha, died at her workplace"
Before the beginning of the Great War, the cultural institution had more than 6,5 thousand objects of the main fund.
During the occupation, the director of the museum managed to hide valuable exhibits, especially ancient Ukrainian shirts from different people. About this in Facebook informed Nataliya Buynova, an expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund.
"Just imagine the horror and the level of risk, walking around the city, negotiating the preservation of exhibits. I believe that this is an example of heroism in the field of cultural heritage, museum work and simply as a citizen," she wrote.
Thanks to Ivan Ponomarenko for the photo before the destruction.