Japan to support Ukraine through UNESCO to restore cultural assets, education

Japan has offered financial aid to Ukraine to restore cultural heritage, education and media through the United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO.

A signing ceremony was held on Wednesday at the organization's headquarters in Paris. Japan's ambassador to UNESCO, Kano Takehiro, attended the ceremony with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Ukraine's ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko.

After Kano and Azoulay signed the document, Omelchenko thanked Japan and UNESCO for their support.

Japanese officials say the country will contribute about 14.6 million dollars this year to Ukraine, where fighting continues against Russia.

The funds will help train people to repair and preserve World Heritage sites in Odesa's historic center, which has suffered damage from Russian missile strikes. The donations will also go toward training educators to provide mental healthcare for children and students under psychological strain amid the conflict.

Kano told reporters after the ceremony that an important role for UNESCO is to support Ukraine's culture and education as well as its economy and security so that the Ukrainian people can lead a dignified and peaceful life.