Destroyed cultural heritage will be recreated in "Postcards from Ukraine"

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In Ukraine, a project was created, which aims to show the level of destruction of cultural heritage as a result of the Russian invasion.

As part of the initiative, more than a hundred leaflets about destroyed or damaged objects from different regions will be released. Each of them will contain the history of a specific attraction, said on the project website. 

Postcards from Ukraine. Aircraft An-225 "Mriya". Image: Ukrainian Institute

"Russia's malicious, targeted destruction of Ukrainian cultural monuments is a huge loss for Ukraine, Europe and the whole world. Trying to erase the culture and history of Ukraine, the Kremlin seeks to erase the very concept of the Ukrainian nation. The purpose of the "Postcards from Ukraine" project is to show the world the true face of the unprovoked and unjustified war that Russia has unleashed against Ukraine, the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian culture," says James Hope, director of the USAID mission in Ukraine.

Postcards from Ukraine. Lysychansk gymnasium. Image: Ukrainian Institute

Postcards will be issued in Ukrainian and English. Information about destroyed Ukrainian monuments can be sorted by region, date of construction or destruction, type of object and its status, as well as the type of weapon used to destroy it.

Everyone who cares is encouraged to share postcards on social networks with the hashtag #PostcardsFromUkraine. You can find their full list on the website at here

Postcards from Ukraine. Palace of Labor in Kharkiv. Image: Ukrainian Institute

It is worth noting that since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of the territory of Ukraine, 388 objects of cultural heritage have been destroyed. Among them is the completely destroyed Church of the Ascension of the Lord, a rare monument of Ukrainian wooden architecture from 1879, which was located in the village of Lukyanivka in the Kyiv region. 

Postcards from Ukraine. Temple of the Ascension of the Lord. Image: Ukrainian Institute

In Kharkiv, the occupiers targeted the Palace of Labor - an authentic building of the beginning of the XNUMXth century, built in the styles of modernism and neoclassicism, and in Lysychansk, in the Luhansk region, they destroyed a multidisciplinary gymnasium - one of the examples of the Belgian architectural heritage of the city. Built at the end of the XNUMXth century, it was considered one of the best Ukrainian schools.



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