UNESCO declares soup a cultural heritage of Ukraine after dispute with Russia

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Ukraine on Friday won a long-running culinary dispute with Russia after the United Nations cultural agency placed a traditional beetroot soup on its list of protected cultural heritage.

UNESCO announced in a statement that it had placed borshch, a vegetable-stuffed soup, on a cultural heritage list in need of “urgent safeguarding” due to the risk the invasion of Moscow poses to the soup’s status as a cultural heritage element. from Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote on Twitter: “The victory in the war for the borshch is ours!”

Moscow has criticized the dish’s new protection status, which is also popular in Russia, as an example of “contemporary Kievan nationalism”.

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“Our borshch does not need protection, but is subject to immediate and complete destruction in a bowl,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram.

That view was met with hostility by residents of Kiev, including 53-year-old civil servant Tetiana.

“They need to develop their own culture, not just try to claim someone else’s,” she said.

A UNESCO spokesperson in Paris said the new status means Ukraine can now apply for special resources to fund projects that promote and protect the dish.

Source: CNN Brasil

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