Culture Ministry: 1750 Cultural Objects Destroyed or Damaged Due to Russian Invasion

Denys Glushko - 05 December 2023 | 19:08

Cultural infrastructure suffered the most significant damage in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia regions and in Kyiv, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy.

Clubs of culture were affected more than other cultural institutions (49% of the total number of cultural infrastructure institutions that sustained damage).

In total, the following were affected:

  • clubs – 864;
  • libraries – 613;
  • art education institutions – 136;
  • museums and galleries – 106;
  • theaters, cinemas and philharmonic societies – 31.

Damage and destruction affected cultural facilities in 266 territorial communities (18.1% of the total number of territorial communities in Ukraine), in particular Donetsk (83%), Sumy (53%), Kharkiv (52%), Chernihiv (46%), Kherson (43%), Luhansk (42%), Mykolaiv (42%), Zaporizhzhia (36%), Kyiv (26%), Dnipro (19%), Khmelnytskyi (15%), Zhytomyr (12%), Odesa (8%), Cherkasy (5%), Lviv (4%), Vinnytsia (3%), Zakarpattia (2%), Poltava (2%) regions and the city of Kyiv.

Almost the entire territory of Luhansk and significant parts of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions are under Russian occupation, so the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine is unable to calculate the exact number of cultural infrastructure objects affected by the hostilities and occupation.

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