UNESCO confirmed its intention to start the first phase of monitoring in the occupied Crimea in the near future, the Ambassador of Ukraine in France Oleh Shamshur informed on Twitter.

According to Shamshur, 30 countries - members of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed a general statement in support of Ukraine regarding the occupied Crimea by the Russian Federation.

“Spoke at the 7th UNESCO information meeting on monitoring the situation in the ARC. The UNESCO leadership confirmed the intention to start the first phase of direct monitoring in the near future. 30 states have joined the joint statement in support of Ukraine,” Shamshur wrote on his Twitter page.

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that UNESCO had allowed a monitoring mission to be stationed in the occupied Crimea.

According to Klimkin, it is important to fight for educational rights, science, protection of cultural monuments in the Crimea, including the Khan's Palace.

Previously, in November 2017, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine appealed to UNESCO and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) with the request to once again demand that the Russian Federation stop the destruction of Ukrainian cultural heritage in the occupied Crimea.