Wake Forest Law Review Online
Since the early spring of 2014, the world has watched Russia utilize military forces to invade and annex territory belonging to Ukraine. These actions are, unsurprisingly, raising concerns in Eastern Europe over the prospect of armed conflict in the region, the political consequences of Russian annexation of Ukrainian territory, and the effect of this conflict on ordinary civilians. But there is another potential cost associated with Russia's actions that should not be overlooked - the loss of Ukrainian cultural heritage. History is replete with examples of the destruction of cultural heritage during periods of instability, from Napoleon's systematic looting of Egypt to the state-sanctioned pillage and burning of museums in Kuwait by Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.1 The question now is whether that destiny is inevitable for Ukraine's unique cultural resources, or whether such collateral damage can be prevented.
Zoe Niesel, Collateral Damage: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, 4 Wake Forest L. Rev. Online 25 (2014).