Boris Johnson slams Russia’s ‘cultural vandalism’ in Ukraine – Reuters
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned Russia’s “cultural vandalism” in Ukraine, saying invading forces are trying to erase Ukrainian culture in areas they have taken. The Prime Minister said the UK would fund “cultural protection measures” in Ukraine while continuing to donate civilian and military aid, news agency dpa reports. Mr Johnson made the comments on Friday in a video message to the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, which is being held at the Scottish Parliament or Holyrood. occurs when aggressors attempt to oppress and eliminate the culture. We saw it with the Nazis in World War II, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Taliban in Afghanistan,” he said. “Today, the world is once again witnessing unforgivable acts of cultural vandalism, this time in Ukraine. Much of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s twisted justification for his invasion rests on the vile assertion that Ukraine somehow isn’t a real country. of the territory his troops occupy,” Johnson added. The UK will fund “measures to protect cultural heritage” as well as military and humanitarian aid, he said. A number of Ukrainian cultural figures also took part in the summit, including author Oksana Zabuzhko and musician Maryna Krut. in Holyrood.The Prime Minister and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky received matching jugs from a Kharkiv woman while walking through the streets of the Ukrainian capital in April.In Ukrainian folklore, roosters are believed to have protective powers. This type of jug has become emblematic of Ukraine’s stron g resistance against invading Russian forces after photographer Elizaveta Servatynska captured an image of a similar jug sitting undamaged on a kitchen cabinet in a high-rise building height in March. The building, in Borodyanka, had been torn apart by Russian shelling.