On 20 May, a Russian missile hit the House of Culture in the town of Lozova in the Kharkiv region. The facility was one of the largest cultural institutions in the region. Its main hall could accommodate over 1,000 spectators. Only a year earlier, the House of Culture had been restored with funds from the presidential programme “Great Construction Projects”. The attack on the civilian facility was commented on by President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The occupiers have declared culture, education and humanness as their enemies. Consequently, they spare them neither rockets nor bombs”.
Similar treatment has been experienced by municipal cultural centres across the Kharkiv region – including the House of Culture in the town of Dergachi, as well as the Kharkiv Regional Palace of Children and Youth housed in a historic mid-19th century building and the imposing Teacher’s House erected in 1925.