The decision of the Russian leadership to include territory
and monuments of the National Reserve “Chersonesus”
to the Unified register of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation peoples
is the evidence of ignorance towards the principles and norms of international
law from the Russian side.
In the context of temporary occupation of Autonomous
Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia this decisions cannot be considered
in any other way than attempting to appropriate the cultural heritage of
Ukraine. It should be recalled that UNESCO included the Ukrainian object “Chersonesus ancient town and its Chora
(Sevastopol, Crimea)” to the World Heritage List in June 2013. It is protected
by this international organization.
An attempt of Russian invaders to claim Ukrainian object of
cultural heritage, which is of universal importance, as their own cannot change
anything for the entire civilized world – “Chersonesus
ancient town and its Chora” remains Ukrainian
contribution to the treasury of UNESCO world heritage. However, the
irresponsible actions of the Russian occupation authorities are endangering the
existence of “Chersonesus” as an integral historical
and architectural complex.