Obviously, when it comes to Russian invasion of Ukraine, people have to come first. Providing safe corridors for evacuation from cities on the front line, assisting refugees in the asylum process, and working with charities and humanitarian groups to help people on the ground – this is all stuff that should take priority.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t worry about other things in Ukraine, too. History and culture are vital to human societies – and are especially important when their very existence is threatened by imperialistic aggression. As we’ve seen in all over the world from Syria and Mali to the Balkans, immensely valuable cultural sites aren’t immune from destruction in warfare.
Ukraine currently has seven Unesco World Heritage sites, many of which could be destroyed in the current invasion. They aren’t all at risk (after all, it’s pretty difficult to destroy an entire forest, and there’s an ancient Greek colony in Sevastopol which has been under Russian occupation since 2014) but some could certainly be threatened – especially with recent allegations of increasingly indiscriminate Russian bombardment. Below are five that are at risk right now.
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