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UNESCO puts Odesa on ​​endangered World Heritage sites list

by The Kyiv Independent news desk January 25, 2023 8:09 PM 1 min read
The Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater is seen at the end of a barricaded road as Ukrainian troops place sandbags and anti-tank barriers to protect historic landmarks on March 14, 2022. (Scott Peterson/Getty Images)
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization puts Odesa under its symbolic protection as Russian strikes have regularly targeted the southern port city since the beginning of the full-scale invasion on Feb. 24.

“As the war is still going on, this inscription shows our collective determination to ensure that this city ... is preserved from further destruction,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

As a major port hub, Odesa has become one of the cities targeted by Russia’s mass missile strikes since Oct. 10, 2022.

According to Ukraine’s Air Force, Russia launched 15 Iranian-made kamikaze drones overnight on Dec. 10 at the southern Ukraine, 10 of which Ukraine shot down.

The attacks on Odesa Oblast significantly damaged local energy infrastructure, Ukraine’s southern military command reported early on Dec. 10.

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