Ancient manuscripts, ancient pictures and handicrafts… The International Council of Museums (ICOM) today published an “Emergency Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk” in Ukraineto combat illegal trafficking that “has increased with Russian invasionthe”.
ICOM hopes that this list (see here) will serve as an effective point of reference for the “identification of looted and stolen cultural objects in Ukraine when they begin to be trafficked illegally in the coming weeks, months and years“, it is clarified in a statement.
His initiative “is taken at the right time to combat the illegal trafficking of Ukrainian cultural heritage — a phenomenon that has existed for a long time in the region and intensified after the Russian invasion“, underlines the international network of professionals museumscovering almost 140 countries.
In Ukraine, the United Nations is using satellite imagery to track the destruction of cultural heritage caused by the Russian invasion. UNESCO, the UN agency responsible for culture, had recorded at the end of October, 207 cultural sites that were damaged since the start of the war on 24 February. These are 88 religious sites, 15 museums, 76 buildings of historical and/or artistic interest, 18 monuments and ten libraries.
Source: News Beast
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