Almost 1.5 thousand sites of cultural infrastructure damaged by russians in Ukraine

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The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy [MCIP] continues to record information about damage to cultural infrastructure in Ukraine because of russian aggression. As of April 25, 2023, 1,464 sites of cultural infrastructure have suffered, not including cultural heritage sites. Almost a third of them have been destroyed [523 sites].

However, in the last month, the total number of damaged sites of cultural infrastructure has increased by 91 sites, with the majority of them located in Kherson region [47 sites or 52%].

Cultural infrastructure has received the most losses and damages in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Creative hubs, libraries, museums, theaters, philharmonic halls, and institutions of art education [art schools and colleges] in 210 ACs [amalgamated communities] have been damaged or destroyed, accounting for 14.3% of the total, in Vinnytsia [3%], Dnipropetrovsk [14%], Donetsk [85%], Zhytomyr [12%], Zakarpattia [2%], Zaporizhzhia [31%], Kyiv [27%], Luhansk [42%], Lviv [2%], Mykolaiv [42%], Odesa [ 3%], Sumy [45%], Kharkiv [36%], Kherson [35%], Khmelnytskyi [2%], Cherkasy [3%], Chernihiv [14%] regions and the city of Kyiv.

Overall, the following sites of cultural infrastructure have suffered:

creative hubs– 701;
libraries – 555;
museums and galleries – 77;
theaters and philharmonic halls – 23;
Institutions of art education – 108.
The most affected group of cultural infrastructure sites are creative hubs – 48% of the total number of cultural infrastructure facilities that have suffered damage or destruction.

It should be noted that currently, almost the entire territory of Luhansk and significant parts of the territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Donetsk regions are still under temporary occupation, which makes it impossible to accurately calculate the number of cultural infrastructure sites that have suffered as a result of hostilities and occupation.

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