The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declares a deterioration of the situation with the protection of cultural heritage in the annexed Crimea. This was stated by the press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The UNESCO Secretariat published the report of the Director General of the organization in response to the decision of the UNESCO Executive Board “Monitoring of the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)”, which says about the deterioration of the situation in the territory of temporarily occupied by Russia Crimea in UNESCO's fields of competence," it was reported.
The report is based on the information, provided by the UNESCO Secretariat, Ukrainian Side and UNESCO’s institutional partners: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Representative on Freedom of the Media Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Council on Monuments and Sites and Amnesty International.
The UNESCO report states gross violations by the occupation authorities, especially in the field of protection of cultural heritage, in particular about "restoration work" in the territory of the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai.
The report will be considered at the 204th session of the Executive Committee of UNESCO that will take place on April 4-1, 2018 in Paris.
As it was previously reported, the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea said that the occupation authorities illegally nationalized 4 thousand objects of Ukrainian property. The damage to Ukraine from the annexation of the Crimea amounted to more than 68 billion dollars.