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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering efforts by Geneva-based fund ALIPH to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage sites, in a race against the clock as the fighting turns neighbourhoods to rubble.

We’re also following calls for the Swiss government to establish a human rights approach for the care of children with disabilities after revelations of abuse near Geneva. We’re also keeping an eye on Switzerland's plans for registering Ukrainian refugees online after overwhelming queues at asylum centres.

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On 28 February, invading Russian forces burnt down a museum in Ivankiv, north of Kyiv, home to dozens of works by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko. (Credit: Maria Prymachenko/Wikiart)

🖼️ UN agencies, Geneva heritage fund mobilise to protect Ukrainian cultural sites. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has reduced entire neighbourhoods to rubble and rendered its people traumatised. And though millions of Ukrainians have already fled the country, what they are leaving behind—precious cultural markers and monuments that make Ukraine what it is—could be lost forever. The Geneva-based foundation, the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) has initiated a new effort to preserve and protect Ukrainian cultural heritage sites and professionals in the field.

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