The Blue Shield’s Statement on Ukraine
On 27 February, the Blue Shield published a statement to raise awareness about the importance of protecting Ukraine’s cultural and historical heritage in the context of the current crisis in the country. Some of Ukraine’s museums have suffered damage during the last few weeks, including the Kiev History Museum, which was looted on the nights of 18 and 19 February. However, the damage is not limited to museums, as other cultural buildings and institutions such as Ukrainian churches, monasteries and monuments are also in danger of looting and destruction, especially those linked to the political history of the country.
The Blue Shield is therefore deeply concerned and is urging the local government to protect Ukraine’s cultural and historical legacy. The Blue Shield has welcomed the recent creation of a Blue Shield National Committee for Ukraine, which is working tirelessly to limit the looting of Ukraine’s heritage. Through its statement, the Blue Shield’s aim is to remind the international community of its obligation to protect cultural heritage in times of armed conflict. Read More