UNESCO has approved borscht as a protected cultural heritage of Ukraine

In Ukraine, borscht, a thick and delicious soup usually made from beetroot and cabbage, is considered a national dish, although it is also widely consumed in Russia, former Soviet Union countries and Poland.

The culture of cooking borscht of Ukraine was “written today by the UNESCO committee on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of protection”, speeding up the process prompted by Russia’s war against Ukraine and “negative impact on this tradition”, the statement said.

Kyiv welcomes this UNESCO decision.

“Victory in the borscht war is ours,” Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said on the Telegram platform, adding that Ukraine “will win the borscht war and this war,” referring to the Russian invasion that began on February 24.

The decision to add this soup-making culture to the UNESCO list aims to attract attention and ensure that the culture is preserved.

The UNESCO committee notes that the war threatens the vitality of the borscht cooking culture in Ukraine.

“The displacement of people (presents a threat), … because people can not only produce or grow local vegetables for borscht, but also gather together, … which destroys the social and cultural well-being of the community,” he said. state report.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the move as an attempt to turn this soup into a “one nation, one citizenship” issue.

“It’s xenophobia,” he said.

In her channel on the Telegram platform, M. Zakharova was outraged by the decision: “I will use a culinary example to explain to the world what is ‘modern Kyiv nationalism.’ I will state the following fact: hummus and pilaf are recognized as national dishes of some countries. But, as I know, everything can be Ukrainian.”

Two years ago, Russia was outraged when it heard that Ukraine had announced its intention to submit an application to UNESCO.

However, UNESCO notes that Ukrainian borscht is only a variant of a popular dish elsewhere and is essential to the country’s daily life.

“Ukrainian borscht, the national variant of borscht consumed in several countries in the region, is an integral part of family and community life in Ukraine,” the statement said.

Source: BNS

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