UNESCO denies claims of the UOC-MP about destruction threat to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

23 July, 09:18
Culture
UNESCO denies claims of the UOC-MP about destruction threat to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra - фото 1
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has concluded that the sites of St. Sophia of Kyiv and the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra are not in danger, said the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko.

This is reported by Interfax.

"There is great news for Ukraine since the 44th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. At today's discussion, the issue of the state of preservation of objects with UNESCO protected status around the world was considered. The mission concluded that the general state of preservation of St Sophia with adjacent monastic buildings and the monastery complex of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with the Church of the Savior on Berestov is satisfactory. The sites of St. Sophia of Kyiv and the Pechersk Lavra are not in danger," Tkachenko wrote in the Telegram channel.

According to him, the World Heritage Committee also notes positive trends since 2017 and states that the implementation of all relevant measures has a positive effect on preserving the value of a site.

"No new factors that negatively affect the state of preservation of the site were found. Moreover, there are significant improvements compared to previous years," he added.

The clergy of the UOC-MP asked the Cabinet of Ministers to consider the possibility of allocating funds from the reserve state budget for carrying out urgent emergency response work in the labyrinths of nearby caves (Building No. 90), due to the threat of destruction.

As Risu previously reported, a famous religious scholar Oleksandr Sagan stated that the clergy of the UOC-MP should be evicted from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra because they brought the sacred place to decline.