This report summarizes confirmed impacts to cultural heritage sites due to the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine from September 2022 through January 2023. Confirmations were made by the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML), using high-resolution commercial satellite imagery supplied by CHML's partnership with NGA. In total, CHML analysts confirmed conflict-related impacts to 102 Ukrainian sites between 01 September 2022 and 31 January 2023, for a total of 309 since 24 February 2022.
The Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML), a partnership between the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), uses open-source research, remote sensing, and high-resolution commercial satellite imagery to identify and monitor cultural heritage sites that are threatened by armed conflict or natural disaster. Cultural heritage sites include, but are not limited to, archaeological sites, monuments, memorials, places of worship, museums, archives, libraries, cultural centers, and cemeteries. CHML maintains a geospatial database of over 28,000 Ukrainian cultural heritage sites, including sites in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. CHML's Ukraine database was developed in April 2021 and has been used to monitor conflict-related impacts to Ukrainian sites since February 2022. This report is the third in a series of confirmed impact reports. The data presented here represent confirmations made by CHML analysts between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023, and do not necessarily represent impacts that occurred between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023. All impacts occurred from 24 February 2022 onwards.