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Good morning, this is Michelle and today we’re looking into the destruction of Ukraine’s historic sites as the Russian invasion enters its seventh week.

We’re also hearing about journalists in Ukraine torn between the decision to leave their country or stay and risk their lives. It’s the first from our Ukraine Stories project, so keep an eye out for many more to come!

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Michelle Langrand


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The Cathedral of the Archangel Michael damaged in a shelling attack in the city of Mariupol, sieged by Russia since it began invading Ukraine in February 2022. Photo taken on 24 March, 2022. (Credit: Keystone/TASS/Nikolai Trishin)

Ukraine’s cultural heritage under attack. Since the Russian offensive began on 24 February 2022, the damage or destruction of nearly 100 culturally important sites in Ukraine have been verified by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Several theatres, museums, churches and other historical buildings in attacked cities have had their windows shattered, their walls laced with bullet holes, or have even entirely crumbled to pieces from shelling. UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre chief reminds us that targeting buildings bearing the UNESCO-backed Blue Shield can be considered a war crime.

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Here's what else is happening

Ukraine stories

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Choosing to stay or leave Ukraine. More than three million Ukrainians have left the country since the Russian invasion but no fewer have remained in the hotspots such as Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mariupol and the occupied cities like Kherson, Kakhovka, and Berdyansk. What happens if you’re a journalist and therefore fight in the information war? Media workers are almost equated to soldiers or doctors today. For some, it is the choice of putting a press vest on and working in the field or getting themselves (sometimes with families) into safety.

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