Lviv races to protect monument from Russian bombs – POLITICO

Lviv’s historic old town has survived many conflicts, but officials in the western Ukrainian city now say they need help preparing for the Russian bomb threat.

The city center is point It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 for its blend of architectural styles and medieval churches, making it a well-preserved European cultural center, famous for its in peacetime with tourists.

Lilia Onyschenko, head of the monument protection council, said: “The Russians have attacked nuclear power plants, so we are not sure if they are skillful enough not to attack world heritage sites. here or not.

While cities like Kharkiv have come under heavy shelling by Russian forces in recent days, Lviv has so far escaped shelling, instead becoming a base for diplomats in the country. and visiting journalists just 80 kilometers from the Polish border.

Speaking to media on Monday, Onyschenko said her team is working with restorers at Poland’s Polonika Institute to source materials and funds to preserve the city’s history. “We mainly need flame retardant materials, that is number one,” Onyschenko said.

This week, workers began fixing the metal gratings on the stained-glass windows of the cathedral in central Lviv while the statues were wrapped in foam and the artworks moved to storage facilities. safe storage.

As her team prepares for the worst, Onyschenko is calling on countries to boycott the meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee set to be organized in the Russian city of Kazan in June.

“As long as the whole world is thinking of closing the skies of Ukraine, we are thinking of protecting our monuments,” Onyschenko said. “We are protecting world heritage, not just Lviv heritage.” Lviv races to protect monument from Russian bombs - POLITICO

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