The war has made the Ukrainian people appreciate the importance and value of their cultural heritage

  
As Jason Farago makes clear in “The Bubble Wrap Brigade”, his article in the August 10, 2020 issue of The New York Times, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the directors of heritage sites and cultural institutions were unprepared for war and had to scramble for supplies to protect their buildings and collections. In the absence of central planning, each director had to use his or her contacts in other nearby countries to obtain crucial materials like bubble wrap and flame retardant blankets. If there can be any bright side to the potential destruction of cultural heritage, it is that the war has made the Ukrainian people appreciate the importance and value of their cultural heritage.

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