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Traditional beetroot soup borsch added to UNESCO's list of protected Ukrainian heritage

Some decisions represented a victory over Ukraine, especially in the fifth month of the bloody full-scale war

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Ukrainian chef Yevhenii Marshal cooks borshch at a traditional cuisine restaurant, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine July 1, 2022.
Ukrainian chef Yevhenii Marshal cooks borsch in a traditional restaurant on July 1, 2022, as Russia continues to attack Ukraine in Kieu, Ukraine. Photo by Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

KYIV / PARIS — Ukraine is a cultural heritage of Ukraine protected by the UN cultural heritage. After putting traditional beetroot soup on the list, he claimed victory in a long-standing culinary dispute with Russia on Friday.

Paris-based UNESCO said in a statement that borscht, a rich crimson soup filled with vegetables, needs "urgent protection" due to the risks associated with the condition of the soup. Announced that it was on the list of cultural heritage. As an element of Ukrainian cultural heritage due to the invasion of Moscow.

Ukrainian Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tokachenko, wrote on Twitter: "The victory in the Borscht War is ours!"

Перемогаувійнізаборщ-наша! 🇺🇦
Як і всі наступні💪🏻
На позачерговому засіданні Міжурядового комітету з охорони нематеріальної культурної спадщини за зверненням @MKIPUkraine “Культура приготування українського борщу” внесено до Списку нематеріальної культурної спадщини @

— Tkachenko Oleksandr (@otkachenkoua)July 1, 2022

Moscow As an example of "modern kivenationalism" that blamed the new, it protected the Ukrainian status of this dish, which is also popular in Russia.

"Our borscht does not need protection, but it can be completely destroyed instantly in a bowl," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Telegram. I am writing.

This view was met by hostility by the inhabitants of Kieu, including the 53-year-old civil servant Tetiana.

"They need to not only try to claim the culture of others, but also develop their own culture," she said.

A UNESCO spokesman for Paris said the new status means that Ukraine can apply for special funding to fund projects that promote and protect food.

Diana Karanovic Yabolska, a 35-year-old scientist enjoying a bowl of borscht on a sunny afternoon in Kieu, said the decision represents a victory over Moscow, especially bloody and authentic. The war that said it was important in the fifth month.

"Given Russia has always tried to steal our history, culture and national cuisine, this is a victory for Ukraine," she told Reuters. rice field.

"Ukrainian borscht ... can vary from housewife to housewife, but it's ours," she said.

Yevhenii Marshal, the chef of Kyiv's central restaurant, explained that there are several main types of borscht. Traditional red beet varieties, green borscht made from sorrel, and even fish-based varieties. He categorically claims that everything is Ukrainian.

"Of course, borsch is a Ukrainian heritage. The main thing you need to prepare a delicious borsch is the real Ukrainians (to prepare it) and taste," Marshall said of the carrots. I said while tearing through the mountains.

(Additional report by Tassilo Hummel and Kyiv of Ivan Lyubysh-Kirdey in Paris, edited by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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