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The full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has destroyed and damaged extensive built cultural heritage, including churches, museums and monuments. Given the ongoing conflict, it is not yet possible to assess the damage to the cultural heritage along the frontlines of the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. The study results have been published in the journal Antiquity.
While the international community and archaeologists are aware that some damage of built heritage sites has taken place in Ukraine, they are largely unaware of the extensive scale of destruction in northern, eastern and southern Ukraine. The combination of modern weapons and the widespread use of First World War types of trench systems is destroying buried cultural heritage at an alarming rate.
This article has been developed by the Archaeological Landscapes Monitoring Group, which includes representatives of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Ukrainian State Institute for Cultural Heritage, Faculty of History of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, and faculty members from the University of Notre Dame, USA.