War in Ukraine is also a fight for culture

  • 2022-12-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Discussing possibilities for supporting Ukraine in the field of culture and sports with the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kornienko, in Tallinn on Thursday, Estonia's Minister of Culture Piret Hartman said that the war in Ukraine is also a fight for culture.

"We need to be practical in our assistance to Ukraine and be driven by their needs. It is of the utmost importance that their cultural sector and cultural heritage suffer as little as possible in this war and that culture is cultivated despite the horrors of war," the minister was quoted by spokespeople as saying.

"Culture is a thing to fight for, and it is thanks to which Ukrainians are fighting so hard," she said.

"I spoke to the deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada about how we provide for the cultural needs of Ukrainian refugees in Estonia. Next year, a call for proposals will be launched to support the language and cultural space of Ukrainian war refugees. Mr. Kornienko thanked the Estonian state for this and I assured him that we will continue our actions to keep his compatriots' roots alive," Hartman added.