Russia damages 1,711 cultural infrastructure facilities in Ukraine
As of October 25, at least 1711 cultural infrastructure facilities have been affected by Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine
The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine reports.
It is noted that the largest group of facilities that have been damaged or destroyed are club facilities. This is 49% of the total number of cultural infrastructure institutions that have suffered damage.
Cultural infrastructure suffered the greatest losses and damage in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kyiv regions as well as the city of Kyiv.
In total, the following were affected:
- club establishments - 844;
- libraries - 603;
- art education institutions - 133;
- museums and galleries - 100;
- theaters, cinemas and philharmonics - 31.
As of the end of October 2023, almost the entire territory of Luhansk and significant parts of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Donetsk regions are still under temporary occupation. This makes it impossible to calculate the exact number of cultural infrastructure objects that have been damaged during the hostilities and occupation.
As of the end of September, Russia had destroyed 250 sites of Ukrainian cultural heritage: Ukraine is preparing a lawsuit against Russia in international courts.