Two national museums in Kyiv damaged by Russian missiles

Last week, missile strikes by Russia  have damaged two of Kyiv’s national museums, according to Ukraine’s culture minister Oleksander Tkachenko. The minister also reports that more than 40 museums have been looted since war began.

In a Facebook post, Tkachenko said mass shelling had hit the centre of Kyiv, damaging a number of cultural and educational institutions including the Taras Shevchenko Museum and the Khanenko Museum. At least 11 people are believed to have been killed in the round of strikes.

Ukraine’s cultural heritage has been a deliberate target throughout the war as Russia aims to erase or assimilate the country’s cultural identity, with destruction and pillaging of cultural and historical sites taking place on an industrial scale.