Virtual tours of Kyiv reveal devastating aftermath of Russian assault – POLITICO

Ukraine wants the world to see the true cost of Russia’s brutal invasion. And there is a digital tool that is perfect for this.

Kyiv city The administration has set up virtual tours of the war zone, allowing users to walk through war-torn streets and bombed-out buildings.

About the city of Kyiv tourist portal, visitors can see everything from destroyed buildings on the outskirts of town to bombed-out homes in the town of Bucha, where hundreds of Ukrainian civilians were murdered as Russian forces retreated in the spring.

The aim of the initiative is to “preserve the cultural and tourist heritage of [Kyiv]said Kyiv Deputy Mayor Petro Olenych, who is also in charge of the city’s digital transformation.

“It was during the war that the need for such technology became even more acute, because it made it possible to record the destruction caused by Russian aggression. From the first day of the war, we began to accumulate interactive content on our tourist and cultural hub,” he said.

Nine locations in different districts of Kyiv are available to view. The hub has been visited by more than 100,000 users in 30 different countries, according to the deputy mayor.

The project is part of a larger initiative to repurpose everyday technology for a city that faces an ongoing struggle, despite Russia’s new focus on taking over Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. Kyiv Digital, a smartphone app people used to pay utility bills and buy metro tickets, has been reinvented to notify people of upcoming airborne alarms and provide Wi-Fi in bomb shelters.

Other digital initiatives across Ukraine, such as the Virtual War Remembrance Museum, also share images of “the terrible reality” of war in cities like Irpin.

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