In the settlement of Chersonesos in the Crimea, the occupiers carry out large-scale transformations that are not provided for by any international regulatory acts. Ukraine should inform UNESCO.
In the settlement of Chersonesos in Crimea, the occupiers carry out large-scale transformations that are not provided for by any international regulatory acts. Ukraine should inform UNESCO about the relevant crimes of Russia against cultural monuments on the peninsula.
This was announced by Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Kateryna Czueva on the show “The Crimean Question”.
"In general, this kind of work in the occupied territories is not provided for by any international normative acts, and we understand that in reality there is an arbitrary interference with nature, with the landscape, with the objects themselves, which are currently still on the World Heritage List", she said.
The deputy head of the Ministry of Culture hopes that the damage will not lead to Chersonesos being entered on this List under threat or being completely excluded from it.
Since 2014, Ukraine has supported communication with UNESCO regarding Russia's violation of cultural monuments in occupied Crimea. At the same time, Ukrainian state and international organizations can register significant violations only remotely.
The main contact with this international organization concerned the possibility of organizing a mission to the peninsula to check the condition of those cultural heritage sites that were on the previous List, eg in Bakhchisaray.
“But unfortunately, today it remains unattainable. Therefore, Ukraine must independently inform UNESCO about violations that we observe, we can register - so remotely. Well, it is appropriate to conduct negotiations on further sanctions against Russia and possible consequences for the cessation of such interference with objects on the territory of Ukraine,” she noted.
According to Chueva, data on significant violations are collected by the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is assisted by experts from the "Crimean Platform" network, as well as public and scientific organizations.
“Information about damaged objects in the occupied territory is being collected, which is available to the Ukrainian authorities and social activists. If they are involved in such processes, they try to help by collecting information. Therefore, unfortunately, the format of remote work, which can be used in some territories, remains the only possible one for civil authorities, and some monitoring, also remote, is carried out by UNESCO,' she said.