A preliminary report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Tuesday revealed the extent of damage the war in Ukraine has caused since Russia invaded on February 24. UNESCO verified the war damaged 207 sites, including 88 religious sites, 15 museums, 76 buildings of historic or artistic interest, 18 monuments and 10 libraries. The report noted that no UNESCO World Heritage sites have been damaged yet.The preliminary report is a part of UNESCO’s larger effort to assess the damage to cultural properties in Ukraine since the outset of the war. UNESCO defines cultural properties under Article 1 of the 1954 Hague Convention. The report is sourced from satellite images taken from before and after the war by both the UN and private companies.Figures for the Donetsk region contain the highest number of damaged cultural properties. Russia annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya regions along with the Kherson region following–what the US and the EU referred to as–sham elections.The totals for each region are listed below:Chernihiv Region – 15 damaged sites
Kyiv Region – 30 damaged sites
Kharkiv Region – 51 damaged sites
Zaporizhzhya Region – 7 damaged sites
Zhytomyr Region – 2 damaged sites
Donetsk Region – 59 damaged sites
Luhansk Region – 25 damaged sites
Sumy Region – 8 damaged sites
Mykolaiv Region – 6 damaged sites
Vinnytsya Region – 2 damaged sites
Odesa Region – 1 damaged site
Dnipropetrovs’k Region – 1 damaged siteThe latest figures from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 16,150 civilian casualties including 6,374 killed and 9,776 injured. JURIST continues to report on the ground from Ukraine.

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