UNESCO lists Odessa historical center as world heritage site

PARIS — UNESCO on Wednesday added the historic heart of Ukraine’s port metropolis of Odessa, typically described as “the pearl of the Black Sea,” to its World Heritage Checklist regardless of opposition from Russia.

The 21 member states of the UN cultural physique’s world heritage committee authorized inscribing designated areas of town with six votes in favour, one towards and 14 abstentions.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February final 12 months, tried repeatedly to delay the vote.

“Whereas the battle continues, this inscription embodies our collective dedication to make sure that this metropolis, which has all the time surmounted international upheavals, is preserved from additional destruction,” mentioned UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay after the choice.

The positioning was additionally added to the Checklist of World Heritage in Hazard, which UNESCO says “provides it entry to bolstered technical and monetary worldwide help” to guard or, if obligatory, rehabilitate it.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in October formally requested the itemizing to guard it from Russian air strikes.

For the reason that Russian invasion, Ukrainians have rushed to attempt to defend its monuments and buildings with sandbags and barricades.

Odessa blossomed after Russian Empress Catherine the Nice decreed within the late 18th century that it will be the nation’s trendy maritime gateway. — Agence France-Presse