In total, 1,322 cultural infrastructure objects were damaged or destroyed in Ukraine, said Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.

Kharkiv Oblast continues to suffer from constant shelling, including its cultural monuments.

According to the minister, hostilities affected clubs and libraries the most. So far, no theft of museum exhibits has been recorded in Kharkiv Oblast.

“We have about 9,5 thousand cultural monuments, 36 of which were damaged in Kharkiv Oblast. Among the 2,000 cultural centers, 172 were damaged or completely destroyed,” said Vita Kovalska, deputy head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

One of the most famous cultural monuments affected is the Hryhorii Skovoroda Museum in Skovorodynivka in Kharkiv Oblast. It was destroyed on the night of May 7 by a rocket attack. According to preliminary estimates, the complete reconstruction of the museum requires more than UAH112 million ($3,03 million).

Moreover, Kharkiv historical center and many monuments of the city’s cultural heritage were significantly affected by constant shelling, including Kharkiv Regional Administration, Kharkiv Art Museum, and the Slovo House.

Earlier, a study by the World Bank, United Nations, European Commission, and Ukraine revealed that rebuilding Ukraine’s economy after Russia’s invasion in February 2022 would cost $411 billion.

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