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Egyptian antiquities at risk in Ukraine

Two weeks into the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Egyptian archaeologists are seeking protection of Egyptian antiquities at the Odessa Museum in Ukraine.
Odessa Archaeological Museum.

As Russian military operations in Ukraine enter their second week, Egyptian archaeologists are stressing the need to protect Egyptian antiquities at the Odessa Archaeological Museum in Ukraine. They have even requested the return of Egyptian antiquities to ensure their protection.

Art historian Konstantin Akinsha said in an article in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 16 that the Ukrainian people and archaeologists fear that the current war may result in the loss of dozens of archaeological, historical and artistic collections. In 2014, the Donetsk Regional Museum of Local History lost 30% of its collection when it was struck 15 times by anti-tank missiles. Around 150,000 artifacts were destroyed.

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