1,520 objects of cultural infrastructure have already been damaged in Ukraine because of russian aggression

The Ministry of Culture and Information Police (MCIP) continues to document damages to cultural infrastructure objects in Ukraine as a result of russian aggression. As of May 25, 2023, 1,520 objects of cultural infrastructure have been damaged, not including cultural heritage sites. Among them, nearly one-third (541) have been destroyed.

However, over the past month, the overall number of damaged objects of cultural infrastructure has increased by 56 objects, with the majority of them located in Khmelnytskyi region (26 objects or 46%).

The most significant losses and damages to cultural infrastructure have been experienced in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Creative hubs, libraries, museums, theaters, philharmonic halls, art education institutions (art schools and colleges) have suffered damages and destruction on the territory of 216 amalgamated communities (ACs): (14.7% of the total number of AC) in Vinnytsia (3%), Dnipropetrovsk (16%), Donetsk (87%), Zhytomyr (12%), Zakarpattia (2%), Zaporizhzhia (31%), Kyiv (29%), Luhansk (42%), Lviv (2%), Mykolaiv (42%), Odesa ( 3%), Sumy (45%), Kharkiv (36%), Kherson (35%), Khmelnytskyi (5%), Cherkasy (3%), Chernihiv (14%) regions and the city of Kyiv.

Among them identified at least:

·         creative hubs – 727

·         libraries – 571

·         museums and galleries – 82

·         theaters and philharmonic halls – 25

·         institutions of art education – 115

The largest group of cultural infrastructure objects that were damaged or destroyed are creative hubs –  48% of the total number of institutions of cultural infrastructure which suffered damage.

It should be noted that currently almost the entire territory of Luhansk and significant parts of the territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions are still under temporary occupation. Because of this, it is impossible to count the exact number of objects of cultural infrastructure damaged during hostilities and occupation.

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