More than 150 cultural sites were partially or totally destroyed in the almost four months of war in ukraineannounced this Thursday the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

“According to the verifications carried out by its experts, 152 cultural places have been partially or totally destroyed as a result of the fighting, including 70 religious buildings, 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centers, 15 monuments, 12 museums and seven libraries”UNESCO said in a statement.

Three regions account for three quarters of the damage caused since February 24, the date the Russian invasion began: Donetsk (45 places affected), Kharkov (40) and kyiv (26), according to the UN organization.

“These repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must be stopped”declared Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO. “Cultural heritage, in all its forms, must not be targeted under any circumstances,” she added.

By mid-April, Lazare Eloundou Assomo, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, had already reported that a hundred sites had been damaged or destroyed, including historical monuments, some of which date back to the 11th and 11th centuries. XII and other architecture of the Soviet era.

Ukraine and Russia, signatories to the 1954 Hague Convention, have an obligation to protect cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict, Azoulay said.

So far the seven Ukrainian world heritage sites have not been damaged to date, according to the UN organization.

With information from AFP.

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