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Volodymyr Zelenskyj: The port city of Odessa should be on the World Heritage List

Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelenskii asked the world cultural organization Unesco to add the port city of Odessa to its world heritage list.

Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the inclusion of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa in the UNESCO World Heritage List. “We must send a clear signal so that the world does not look away when our common history, our common culture, our common heritage are destroyed,” Zelenskyy said in a video message to the Executive Council of the United Nations cultural organization. Tuesday.

The president of Ukraine has campaigned for the preservation of the historic center of Odessa. The port city is a “source of culture for millions of people in different countries”.

Odessa is known as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”. Founded by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, the city is famous for its monumental stairways and stunning 19th-century architecture. With its huge port, the city, founded in 1794, has already played a special role in the Russian Tsarist Empire.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of

Ukraine in February, the people of Odessa are trying to protect the city’s structures and buildings with sandbags and barricades. Inclusion on the World Heritage List would create an extended protection zone. Both Ukraine and Russia have signed a convention banning states from destroying the cultural and natural heritage of others.

Since the start of the war, there have already been several Russian attacks in Odessa. The city has been a strategically important target for Moscow from the very beginning. According to the president of Ukraine, 540 objects of cultural heritage, cultural institutions and religious buildings were affected.

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