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    War in Ukraine: Paintings rescued from burning museum after Russian strike

    14 paintings by a world-renowned Ukrainian artist were saved thanks to the mobilization of neighbors of the museum. They are now kept in a secret location.

    A charred building, with the roof swept away by the flames. This is all that now remains of the museum in the city of Ivankiv, 80 kilometers from kyiv, in Ukraine, after a Russian shell fire on February 25, the day after the start of the invasion decided by Vladimir Poutine. But thanks to the mobilization of neighbors, a dozen works have been saved.

    “When I came back for the first time, I cried a lot, I felt hatred towards the Russians”, confides to BFMTV still moved, Galina Korennaya, director and curator of the museum.

    On February 25, at 10.15 a.m., when the conflict had just started, a shell hit the Ivankiv museum. Quickly, the flames spread throughout the building, jeopardizing his works, including 14 paintings by Maria Primatchenko, a world-renowned Ukrainian painter.

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    The moment is captured by CCTV footage and amateurs. “It’s screwed up”, despairs a voice in the background.

    The Russians “wanted to destroy our history”

    While everyone thinks the lost works, some neighbors are mobilizing. Natacha Haritonoiva and her husband manage to extract the paintings in extremis through a window before the roof collapsed.

    “Of course, we were scared. But we would have been ashamed if we, living next door, had done nothing to save these paintings,” says the neighbor of the museum.

    Several months later, and as the war dragged on, the curator was convinced that the museum was specifically targeted by Russian forces.

    “I don’t think it’s a coincidence. They wanted to destroy our history so that our descendants don’t know who Maria Primatchenko was,” said the curator of the cultural establishment.

    The paintings are currently kept in a secret location pending the departure of the army from Moscow. The curator of the museum assures that the establishment will be rebuilt identically at the end of the conflict and will again host the paintings of the artist.

    Source: BFM TV

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