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Ukrainian Borscht Soup Culture Added to UNESCO Heritage List | Art and Culture News

Kyiv welcomed the move, saying Ukraine had won the “Borscht War” and Russian officials accused it of “excluding foreigners.”

The United Nations Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lists the culture of cooking borscht soup in Ukraine on its list of endangered cultural heritage.

UNESCO announced on Friday that the Commission’s decision was made in a swift process “as a very urgent matter” in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the “adverse effects on this tradition” of the war. ..

On Twitter, the agency said the process of cooking borscht soup was “threatening the fragmentation of the community by the war, but a symbol of hope for them.”

Ukraine considers borscht (a rich, nutritious soup, usually made from beetroot) as a national dish. Soup is also widely consumed in Russia and other Eastern European countries known as borscht.

Kieu welcomed the move, and Ukrainian Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tokachenko said in Telegram that “the victory in the Borscht War is ours.”

Ukraine “will win both the Borscht War and this war,” he said.

Adding customs and cultures to the UNESCO list is intended to draw attention to ensure that they are preserved, despite the risks of their existence.

The UNESCO Commission said the war “threatened the feasibility” of Ukrainian soup culture.

“People’s movement (causing a threat) … not only because people can’t cook or grow local vegetables for borscht, but also because they can’t get together … it’s the social and cultural of the community. It undermines happiness, “said UNESCO.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, has accused the move of bidding to make it belong to “one nationality.”

“This is an alien exclusion,” she said.

However, UNESCO said that Ukraine’s borscht is an integral part of the country’s daily life.

“Ukrainian borscht, the national version of borscht consumed in some countries in the region, is an integral part of the lives of Ukrainian families and communities,” he said.

The list of representatives was first published in 2008. At the 2003 convention, UNESCO Define The purpose of this list is to “enhance visibility” and “enhance awareness” of the importance of the elements nominated as representatives of intangible cultural heritage. Famous elements on the list include Chinese shadow puppet theater, French gastronomy, and Korean kimchi.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, killing thousands of troops and hundreds of Ukrainian citizens and launching a war that fueled the European refugee crisis.



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