62 Historical Objects and 20 Architectural Monuments Damaged in 5-Minute Shelling in Kharkiv

26 january, 2024

As a result of the Russian shelling of Kharkiv on January 23, 2024, 62 objects of the city's historical heritage were damaged within a span of five minutes. In the morning, Russia attacked residential buildings in the sleeping areas, and in the late evening, the historical center of the city was shelled.

Architectural monuments damaged in Kharkiv due to Russian attack on January 23, 2024. Photo courtesy: Viktor Dvornikov.
Two city districts with dense historical buildings were affected: the Zalopan district, with buildings from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and the central part of the city, developed from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

According to the data from HeMo: Ukrainian Heritage Monitoring Lab, a total of 62 objects of historical architecture were affected, including 20 architectural monuments and objects recommended for inclusion in the list of local architectural landmarks and historical landmarks. Nearly fifty objects were damaged for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

"This shelling is the most extensive in terms of damage among all that our team has documented during the full-scale invasion," comments Ivan Shchurko, the head of the expeditionary direction of HeMo Lab.

In particular, the building of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, built in 1896 by Serhiy Zagoskin for the merchant Herman Gelferikh, brother of the famous industrialist Maximilian Gelferikh, was hit.
Consequences of the destruction of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine in Kharkiv, 2024. Photo courtesy: Viktor Dvornikov.
“As a result of the explosion, the roof collapsed, the structures of the attic floor, the second and third floors, the collapse of walls and partitions of the central part of the 3rd and 2nd floors, and fragments of walls of the second floor occurred, leading to a fire. The collapses destroyed the interior decorations," notes Victor Dvornikov, the regional coordinator of Heritage Monitoring Lab expeditions in Kharkiv and the region.

This shelling also became the most extensive in terms of casualties. According to the prosecutor's office of the Kharkiv region, as a result of the attacks on January 23, more than 60 people were injured, and 10 people died.

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