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Destroyed objects of cultural heritage must be restored at Russia's expense – President's Office

KYIV. May 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine is counting the material damage caused by the Russian army, since every theater, museum, school, philharmonic society or library destroyed by the aggressor country must be rebuilt at its expense, Deputy Head of the President’s Office Oleksiy Dniprov has said.

According to the President’s Office website on Wednesday, as a result of Russia’s armed aggression, cultural objects were damaged and destroyed in 56 territorial communities in 13 regions of Ukraine. "The cultural infrastructure has now suffered the greatest losses in Donetsk and Luhansk, Sumy and Mykolaiv regions," Dniprov said.

Also, according to the deputy head of the President’s Office, cultural heritage sites also received significant damage. In particular, the invaders bombed the Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery, founded in the 15th century, where monks and laity took refuge.

He noted that this was an incomplete list of destroyed and damaged cultural facilities, since part of the territories was under Russian occupation, and part of the liberated territories was being cleared of mines.