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“We defend the symbols of the city.” The statue of the national poet Taras Shevchenko in Kharkov, protected by thousands of sandbags

A monument depicting Taras Shevchenko, the national poet of Ukraine (b. 1814 – d. 1861), was covered with sandbags to protect him from the bombings in Kharkov, northeastern Ukraine, according to The Guardian.

Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city with 1.5 million inhabitants, is close to the Russian border and has been bombed in recent weeks.

As part of a local government campaign, important city statues are protected from the effects of enemy raids.

“They are architectural monuments of national importance, a symbol of the determination of the soldiers to defend our cities. This is how we defend the city and its symbols! ”, Said the officials of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The statue of Taras Shevchenko, guarded by Ukrainian soldiers.

Also, 1,200 sandbags were placed around the monument dedicated to the Duke of Richelieu in Odessa to protect one of the main symbols of the port city on the Black Sea.

And in Lviv, a city on the border with Poland, the statues in the center of the city were “covered” with sponge, plastic wrap, and duct tape.

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