Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at least 110 cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed, among them museums, historic buildings, churches, cemeteries, monuments and libraries. Ukrainians on the ground are working tirelessly to protect the country’s art, artefacts and scientific specimens.
Poland has been actively involved in the efforts to help Ukrainian museums and cultural institutions digitize, protect and save their collections, as well as document acts of looting and devastation. Numerous cultural events have been organised in Poland to raise funds necessary to support Ukraine’s cultural and creative sectors. Many Polish cultural institutions have been transformed into refugee reception centres. They also offer Ukrainian artists and culture workers jobs, whereas art and music schools offer places to pupils and students.