Germany to help Ukraine in preserving cultural heritage
On November 18, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, met with Marko Wanderwits, Deputy Head of the Bundestag Committee on Culture and Media.
Oleksandr Tkachenko suggested focusing on further political isolation of russia. After all, the brutality of the russian federation and, at the same time, the energy war against Europe require quick and effective actions.
“Russia destroyed or damaged hundreds of objects of cultural infrastructure in Ukraine. Because of the war, we have suffered significant losses in all areas, but the main thing is that we are losing people. Despite everything, about 80% of artists stay at home and need to be supported. After all, they support our citizens who are going through the darkest times, literally and figuratively, in the entire modern history of Europe,” said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
The parties discussed additional protection for cultural institutions in the form of emergency heating and power supply systems in case of network damage by missiles. Cultural institutions don’t have enough emergency equipment such as generators, fire extinguishers, and fireproof materials to prepare and preserve their collections for the winter.
The total amount of financial support needed for critical regions of Ukraine, especially those on the front line, is estimated at 50 million euros. These are the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Donetsk, Kherson and partly Kyiv regions. Another 15 million euros are needed for other regions of Ukraine, as shelling continues.
In addition, the parties discussed recognizing the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people. As a reminder, in December last year, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted an appeal to the Bundestag to recognize the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people.