Ukrainian History at Risk

Although the potential human costs are always greater, the cultural costs of war and combat are no less important. We all know that Russia is currently engaged in an invasion of Ukraine. Most news outlets are focusing on the human stories of those who are fleeing and those who are fighting; I would like to focus on some of the Ukrainian cultural heritage that could be at risk.



This ancient city on the coast of the Black Sea was founded in 600 BC. Situated about ten kilometers from the mouth of the Dniester River, the ruins of Tyras are in what is now Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast.


Taras Hill

Taras Hill - Wikipedia

Also known as Chernecha Hora, this hill sits on the Dneiper River near the city of Kaniv. It is an important landmark of the Shevchenko National Preserve and is regarded as a Ukrainian national relic.


Dytynets Park

Dytynets Park - Wikipedia

This is the most ancient area of Chernihiv, Ukraine. A hill on the bank of the Desna River, it has many unique features, including 12 seventeenth-century cast-iron bastion cannons. It also has numerous churches and cathedrals.


Saint Anthony’s Caves

Saint Anthony's Caves - Wikipedia

Also located in Chernihiv, these caves started in the second half of the nineteenth century, when Anthony of Kyiv dug out a cave for solitude and prayers. The total length of the caves is about 350 meters or 1148 feet.


Wooden Tserkvas

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine - Wikipedia

These wooden churches of the Carpathian region appear in both Poland and Ukraine. They are a group of mostly Orthodox churches built of horizontal wooden logs between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, and they bear testimony to distinct building and local traditions.

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