“War Up Close” presented evidence of Russian war crimes using VR technologies at an international forum in Kyiv

On March 29, “War Up Close” participated in the International Forum “Cultural and Informational Reintegration of the Deoccupied Territories.” The event took place in Kyiv at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the public organization “Institute of Public Communications” with the support of the METINVEST Group.

To develop a unified strategy for returning the deoccupied territories to the Ukrainian cultural context, representatives of cultural and information departments from 10 regions, government officials, cultural institutions, media, international partners, and the public gathered at the forum. Speeches were delivered by Acting Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Rostyslav Karandieiev, Acting Director of the USAID Mission in Ukraine Theodora Dell, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Anatolii Stelmakh, artist and public figure Serhii Zhadan, and others.

“Since 2022, there have been 2,115 cultural institutions remaining in the temporarily occupied territories. Currently, it is already known that 1,795 cultural infrastructure facilities have been damaged in the deoccupied territories, and nationwide – 1,952”, Rostyslav Karandieiev stated in his speech.

Forum guests could closely observe the consequences of Russian shelling on the cultural and civil infrastructure of Ukrainian cities at the “War Up Close” booth using Oculus and cardboard VR technology.

Previously, the team with such an exhibition also participated in the VII International Forum “Creative Ukraine” Rethinking. Culture.