Invaders looting museums and burning Ukrainian books, says General Staff
The occupiers are destroying Ukrainian cultural heritage in the occupied territories (Photo:t.me/andriyshTime)
Russian invasion forces continue to destroy Ukrainian cultural heritage in the parts of Ukraine currently under their occupation, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said in a report issued on Oct. 19.
The invaders are robbing museums and burning Ukrainian literature and textbooks, the General Staff said.
Early, it was reported the occupation "authorities" of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea had issued a “decree” on the procedure for evacuating museums both internal (within the occupied area) and external (to Russian mainland). Priority is being given to the most valuable museum pieces.
The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy has already registered 500 cases of Russian war crimes against Ukrainian culture heritage.
Because of this, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has several times called for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO.
According to the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, the occupiers have looted almost 40 Ukrainian museums. The economic losses from the thefts are estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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