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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has added the Ukrainian city of Odesa to its list of protected World Heritage sites amid the war with Russia.
Source: UNESCO adds Ukrainian city Odesa to World Heritage list amid Russian war – UPI.com
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“This inscription embodies our collective determination to ensure that this city, which has always surmounted global upheavals, is preserved from further destruction.”
Source: UNESCO Adds Odesa to World Heritage List
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Greece has welcomed the decision by the World Heritage Committee’s to include the Historic Centre of the city of Odessa in Ukraine on the World Heritage List, it said in a statement on Thursday.
Source: Greece Welcomes Inclusion Of Odessa’s Historic City Centre In World Heritage List
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The plight of Odesa recalls the addition of Dubrovnik, in Croatia, to the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list in December 1991 following Serb bombing of its historic centre.
Source: In Odesa, hopes that a UNESCO listing will preserve historic centre
UNESCO on Wednesday added the historic centre of Ukraine’s port city of Odessa, often described as “the pearl of the Black Sea”, to its World Heritage List despite opposition from Russia.The site was also added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, which UNESCO says “gives it access to reinforced technical and financial international assistance” to protect or, if necessary, rehabilitate it.
Source: UNESCO lists Odessa historical centre as world heritage site
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Ukrainians and Russians on Saturday (Jan 7) marked Orthodox Christmas under the shadow of war, as fighting persisted despite Russian President Vladimir Putin unilaterally ordering his forces to pause attacks. Despite Mr Putin’s ceasefire order, war-scarred cities in eastern Ukraine saw no significant let-up in the fighting as AFP journalists in the town of Chasiv Yar, south of the frontline city of Bakhmut, heard heavy artillery fire throughout much of Saturday morning.
Source: Little let-up in fighting as Ukraine, Russia mark Orthodox Christmas
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Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “targeted closures” of “Moscow-backed” religious organizations in Ukraine, a more polite way of saying that he wants effectively to ban the Russian Orthodox Church. To be clear, the decree signed by Zelenskyy doesn’t immediately close all parishes and monasteries tied to Moscow (an act that would cause widespread chaos in a country where such parishes and monasteries still account for a majority of Orthodox institutions), but it does open all of them up to potential closure.
Source: Espionage Allegations Against Russian Church Raise Religious Freedom Issue in Ukraine