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None of Ukraine’s UNESCO world heritage sites damaged – diplomat

Tatyana Dovgalenko, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to UNESCO, believes that the allied forces are more interested in this than the Kiev government

MOSCOW, November 4. /TASS/. None of Ukraine’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ukraine has been damaged so far, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to UNESCO Tatiana Dovgalenko has told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

"I can say that as of today, none of Ukrainian sites from this list has sustained any damage, and UNESCO confirms this," she said.

In her words, the allied forces seem to have more interest in preserving Ukraine’s cultural heritage, than the Kiev government.

"As far as we know, those who are now being mobilized to take part in the special military operation, are given specific instructions about the need to preserve monuments and objects of cultural and religious importance," the Russian diplomat said.

"In fact, our country cares more about the Ukrainian heritage than Ukrainian rulers, who, in a fit of anti-Russian frenzy, have already ‘decommunized’ [19th century poet Alexander] Pushkin and [Empress] Catherine II [the Great]," she added.

Earlier, Dovgalenko reported that, according to UNESCO, 30 objects of cultural importance have been damaged in Ukraine, including 16 religious buildings, four museums and ten historic buildings.