June 3, 2023

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Threatened by war, Odessa’s historic center is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in Danger

The historic center of Odesa, a famous Ukrainian port city on the shores of the Black Sea, was on Wednesday inscribed on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger. “Threats of Destruction” Hovering over him from the start of the conflict.

During a sometimes stormy extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, six voted in favor of the inscription on the city in the middle of the war, with one (Russia) and fourteen abstentions.

“Odessa, a free city, a world city, a famous port representing cinema, literature and art, is placed under the reinforced protection of the international community”The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was welcomed by French lady Audrey Azoulay. Tweet.

Since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24, 2022 Odessa in general, known for its monumental Potemkin Stairs and its architecture, has been hit several times by Russian bombings.

Conflict is “Danger to Odessa’s Historic Center”Don’t “Cultural heritage has been destroyed “, a representative of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO’s NGO partner, assessed in the presentation of the file. He also emphasized the multi-ethnic, multi-confessional and multicultural character of Odessa.

The Russian Federation, which ramped up practical maneuvers during the session, spoke out against its role “overview file”Ukrainian authorities accused him of essentially rigging the candidacy‘”Copy-paste of Wikipedia page on Odessa”. He also said that Ukraine has “Destroying Monuments” In this city. This is “Diplomatic Victory”A reacted Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Emin Dzhepar on Wednesday.

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