Ukraine plans to apply to UNESCO with a request to include the historical center of Odessa in the list of world heritage sites. This was announced on Tuesday, August 30, by the press service of the international organization.
It is noted that the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko raised this issue at a meeting with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay.
“UNESCO has already mobilized international experts to provide technical support to the country so that the World Heritage Committee can consider this nomination without delay with a view to including it. [Одессы] on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
It also became known that with the support of UNESCO, more than 1 thousand works of art stored in Odessa, as well as documentary funds of the state archive of the city, will be digitized.
As additional assistance, the Department of Culture, Religion and Preservation of Architectural Heritage will receive new equipment to protect valuables in the field. In addition, it is planned to provide funding for measures to eliminate the damage caused to the Odessa Museum of Fine Arts and the Odessa Museum of Modern Art.
Earlier, on August 30, the Odessa Regional Military Administration (OVA) officially notified the Odessa City Council that the monuments to Catherine II and Alexander Suvorov in the city do not have the status of cultural heritage sites, and permits are not required for their dismantling.
In early August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent petitions to the Odessa City Council to demolish the monument to Catherine II. One of them refers to the demolition of the monument to the Russian Empress, the other proposes to replace it with a statue of the pornographic actor Billy Herrington.
On July 27, the administration of the Zaporozhye City Council announced the dismantling of the monument to the Russian poet and prose writer Alexander Pushkin. He stood for over 20 years.
Earlier, on June 26, it became known that since February 24, 152 internationally recognized cultural objects have been damaged or destroyed in Ukraine. It is noted that mostly religious buildings were destroyed. Thirty of them were historical buildings, the rest were cultural centers, monuments, or museums and libraries. They were mainly located in Kyiv, Kharkov and Donetsk.