Speaking at the Public Humanitarian Council meeting President Viktor Yanukovych drew attention of the local authorities to their personal responsibility for preservation of national heritage. According to him, illegal construction and reconstruction works, threatening Ukraine's national heritage buildings and sites with destruction, must be stopped.
"I am not speaking about a moratorium or comprehensive ban on construction in the buffer zones. After all, restoration of monuments, and building tourist and museum infrastructure is very important. Instead, we must introduce regulations in urban planning involving public-private partnership similar to those in, say, Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, or other historic cities in Europe and the world.
Not only the possibility of construction itself, is strictly regulated there, but also buildings’ size, height, and architecture. These rules must be mandatory for all. One thing is certain: there should be no place for skyscrapers in the historical centers of Kyiv, Lviv, Chernivtsi or other cities, where their construction destroys the historical environment," he said.
"The public has been crying out about that for decades, numerous documents, issued at both local and state level, were dedicated to the problem. It is high time to get from words and documents down to business and create a robust system of public protection of not only St. Sophia Cathedral or historical centers of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Uzhgorod, but of all national heritage sites from any infringements on them or their historical environment," summed up Viktor Yanukovych.
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