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The race against time to save Ukraine's cultural treasures

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.






As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.

Many institutions had been making preparations last month ahead of the invasion, which has now entered its 13th day. But the time frames and subsequent actions of the Putin-led forces have seen many in a position where finding safety will mean abandoning historic collections.

The Lviv National Museum is one that now stands bare, with its collection swiftly packed into banana boxes to be moved to its basement.

"Today we see how Russia is shelling residential areas (and) even people that are evacuating," National Museum director of Lviv, Ihor Kozhan, told CNN "They guaranteed they wouldn't but now we can't trust them. And we need to take care of our heritage because this is our national treasure."

Last week Ukraine called for Unesco to revoke Russia’s membership following the destruction of the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum by invading Russian forces. The museum was destroyed on February 27 and was home to 25 works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko, the country’s most celebrated artist.

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The race against time to save Ukraine's cultural treasures

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.






As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.

Many institutions had been making preparations last month ahead of the invasion, which has now entered its 13th day. But the time frames and subsequent actions of the Putin-led forces have seen many in a position where finding safety will mean abandoning historic collections.

The Lviv National Museum is one that now stands bare, with its collection swiftly packed into banana boxes to be moved to its basement.

"Today we see how Russia is shelling residential areas (and) even people that are evacuating," National Museum director of Lviv, Ihor Kozhan, told CNN "They guaranteed they wouldn't but now we can't trust them. And we need to take care of our heritage because this is our national treasure."

Last week Ukraine called for Unesco to revoke Russia’s membership following the destruction of the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum by invading Russian forces. The museum was destroyed on February 27 and was home to 25 works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko, the country’s most celebrated artist.

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