Priceless art, medieval monuments, archaeological sites, museums, archives, industrial heritage complexes, old and new residential districts, urban spaces, all part of local, national, European, and world heritage, are being destroyed in Ukraine. The Hague Convention and the related protocols contain specific measures on how to deal with cultural property in war, but heritage is so much more: it is how individuals and communities connect to, feel about, and identify with these sites.
UNESCO noted that it was “deeply concerned about the ongoing military operations and the escalation of violence in Ukraine”. It called “for respect for international humanitarian law, notably the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols, to ensure the prevention of damage to cultural heritage in all its forms”.
This is a list of the international media coverage on how the massive Russian attack on Ukraine puts at risk cultural heritage, cultural organisations, monuments and works of art:
- Monumental Tragedy: Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage in Danger as Russia Attacks. What Will Be Destroyed?
- Priceless art, medieval monuments, world heritage sites: what’s at risk of destruction in Ukraine:
- Cultural Heritage in War: Making Ukraine’s Past and Future
- Chinese experts call for protection of cultural heritage in Ukraine as armed conflict continues
- Ukraine’s cultural heritage: what sites are at risk amid the conflict?
- Cultural catastrophe’: Ukrainians fear for art and monuments amid onslaught