The Tragic Fate of Cultural Heritage in Occupied Territories

The tragic fate of cultural heritage in occupied territories is a result of deliberate destruction by Kremlin authority, neglect, and illicit trafficking. Historical sites and artefacts often bear the brunt of war, becoming targets for russian missiles to erase the Ukrainian identity and history of the occupied population.

The lack of preservation efforts by occupying forces contributes to the decay and loss of cultural heritage in these regions. Illicit trafficking and stealing further exacerbate the depletion of cultural wealth, as artefacts are illegally sold on the black market and show up in Russian museums afterwards.

Despite international efforts by organizations such as UNESCO, the work of hundreds of Ukrainian governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the existence of conventions to protect cultural property during armed conflict, the challenges of safeguarding cultural heritage in occupied territories remain significant. Sustained global attention to the Russian war crimes and genocidal attempts to deconstruct Ukrainian history and culture and concerted action are essential to mitigate the tragic fate of cultural heritage in these vulnerable regions.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center –

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians –

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

Come back alive – (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

UNITED 24 – (launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

Army SOS – (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

Vostok SOS – (raising funds for various needs of the army).