Ministry of Culture and National Heritage: We are monitoring threats to cultural heritage in Ukraine | Happen or occur

Even before the outbreak of war, a team had been set up to monitor threats to cultural heritage, both in Poland and Ukraine, Jaroslav Kzuba of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said on Tuesday, during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Migration and National Heritage. Contact with Poles abroad.

The Senate Committee on Immigration and Liaison with Poles Abroad met Tuesday to learn about the activities of ministerial institutions dealing with the protection of cultural heritage abroad, which – in the opinion of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – are “of particular importance during the war in Ukraine”.

As reported by Jaroslav Kzuba of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage: “Before the outbreak of the war, the Minister of Culture decided to appoint a team to analyze the situation regarding threats to cultural heritage, both in Poland and the Heritage region of Ukraine.” Activities include “expert support, conservation and portability in moving from endangered areas to safe places.”

He also emphasized, “The team has been working regularly since then and is qualified to analyze the current situation. In order to directly achieve the goals, Minister Glinsky established the Center for Cultural Assistance in Ukraine as part of the protection of cultural heritage.” “This center mainly carries out aid transfers of Ukrainian culture directly from Poland to the cities of Ukraine.” These are coordinating and operational activities. Some institutions also provide direct assistance with sister institutions, such as the National Library. In connection with the military operations launched by Russia against Ukraine, the POLONIKA Institute, in cooperation with its Ukrainian partners, continues to secure valuable objects of cultural heritage threatened with destruction.

The POLONIKA Institute, which has been in contact with Ukrainian institutions, owners and hosts of historical buildings, has also been involved in saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage. With the director of the Historical Environmental Protection Council of the Lviv City Council, Lilia Onishchenko. Polish and Ukrainian companies that carried out restoration work in Ukraine in previous years, commissioned by POLONIKA, joined the work related to the protection of war-threatened monuments.

The POLONIKA Institute, which has been in contact with Ukrainian institutions, owners and hosts of historical buildings, has also been involved in saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage. With the director of the Historical Environmental Protection Council of the Lviv City Council, Lilia Onishchenko. Polish and Ukrainian companies that carried out restoration work in Ukraine in previous years, commissioned by POLONIKA, joined the work related to the protection of war-threatened monuments.

“We continue activities for the effective protection of endangered cultural heritage sites. Many of them bear witness to the history of the former Republic of Poland, an element of the common history of Ukraine and Poland. Security and documentation work is still ongoing. To date, we have been able to provide materials and protection from Fires 221 sacred buildings (churches and chapels) and misty buildings (190 buildings in Western and Central Ukraine, 31 in Lviv) The list of protected objects is constantly growing.The Latin Cathedral, Boim Chapel, the former Jesuit church, Adam Mikheevich Column, the Sistine Chapel are among the oldest buildings in Lviv , and the stained-glass windows in the Armenian cathedral, are just a few examples of things that have been secured in Lviv. We are also focusing more and more on documentation “- said Dorota Janiszewska-Jakubiak, Director of POLONIKA.

In addition to providing specialized fire-fighting equipment (mainly designed to protect large buildings and wooden elements, such as historic roof trusses) or materials to protect sculptures, paintings, altars and stained-glass windows, POLONIKA assists in the organization of work as well as in the storage and distribution of necessary materials in Ukraine. It’s ia laser scanning. The works are carried out by both Polish and Ukrainian companies. To date, the project has been implemented and completed at three facilities located in Lviv and one in Drobych. The survey covered dozens of monuments that did not have this type of documentation. Eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO list were examined. There are plans to carry out further works, including in Kamieniec Podolski and Lviv. 3D scanning is the most accurate method of documentation, it allows you to create a 3D model of the monument with accurate reproduction of details and colors.

The POLONIKA Institute has spent 1,732,090.00 PLN on the activities of securing cultural heritage in Ukraine since the outbreak of the war, i.e. February 24, 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Pyotr Glinsky, has been in constant contact with the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkazenko, since the beginning of the hostilities. Poland incl. She supported Minister Tkachenko’s call for imposing sanctions on Russia in the field of culture and limiting its international activity in this dimension. Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are also cooperating within the framework of the Lublin Triangle, which was created on February 28. It is an agreement between three countries aimed at strengthening cooperation in the field of culture, heritage and identity, especially in the current situation. As part of this cooperation, the Polish government has allocated approximately one million euros from the budget of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the digitization of cultural goods and heritage objects in Ukraine. (PAP)

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