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UNESCO Condemns Russia’s ‘Brazen’ Attack on Ukraine’s Odesa

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UNESCO on Sunday condemned Russia’s “brazen” attack on Odesa, Ukraine, which damaged several sites in the port city’s World Heritage Centre.

“UNESCO is deeply dismayed and condemns in the strongest terms the brazen attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city Centre of Odesa, home to the World Heritage property ‘The Historic Centre of Odesa,'” the Paris-based body said in a statement.

At least two people were killed in the bombing, which marked Russia’s most recent assault on the port city on the Black Sea after Moscow backed out of a grain agreement that allowed Kyiv to export its grain.

UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said, “This outrageous destruction marks an escalation of violence against the cultural heritage of Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, she added, “I strongly condemn this attack against culture and urge the Russian Federation to take meaningful action to comply with its obligations under international law, including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1972 World Heritage Convention.”

The strike damaged the Transfiguration Cathedral; it had been constructed in 1794 during imperial Russian authority, destroyed in 1936 by Soviet leader Stalin, and rebuilt in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union.

In response to Moscow’s projectile attack on the historic port of Odesa, which resulted in the deaths of two people and the destruction of an Orthodox cathedral, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised “retaliation” against Moscow on Sunday, July 23.

“Missiles against peaceful cities, against residential buildings, a cathedral. There will be retaliation against Russian terrorists for Odesa. They will feel this retaliation,” Zelensky said, WOIN reported.

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