The center and the port of the city included in the list thanks to an accelerated procedure. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman: “Monstrous ignorance”
The center and the port of Odessa have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, thanks to an accelerated procedure due to the war, which places them at risk. The historic center also appears on the list of universal heritage in danger. This was announced by the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture, underlining that the appointment of Odessa was prepared by international and Ukrainian experts, “with the support of Italy and Greece”.
“Odessa, a free city, a city of the world, a legendary port that marked cinema, literature and the arts, is placed under an enhanced protection of the international community. As the war continues, this inclusion embodies our collective determination to ensure that this city, which has always weathered global upheavals, is preserved from further destruction,” tweeted Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
Pending inclusion in the list, Unesco had already intervened in recent months to protect the cultural heritage of Odessa by repairing the damage inflicted on the Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Unesco has also supplied the equipment for the digitization of a thousand works and documents from the state archives in Odessa and for the protection of buildings and monuments.
MOSCOW’S REACTION – After the Unesco decision, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, quoted by the Tass agency, spoke of the “monstrous ignorance” of the director general Azoulay. “It’s unbelievable, the illiteracy of Westerners is simply unbelievable – observed Zakharova – The historical monuments of Odessa are being demolished by the Kiev authorities, who have declared total war on the entire cultural heritage of their country. Ms. Azoulay should at least know this” .