Odesa in Ukraine has been added to the cultural sites that UNESCO is highlighting. Also being included are ancient sites in Lebanon and Yemen.
The humble but versatile French loaf is recognized by UNESCO as a tradition worthy of preservation by humanity. French officials have warned that closure of traditional bakeries put the bread at risk.
Ukraine's culture minister declared victory in "the borsch war" as Russia also lays claim to the hearty beet soup. UNESCO says the invasion threatens Ukraine's borsch culture with "extreme urgency."
The damaged sites include churches, historic buildings, museums and monuments. A UNESCO spokesperson said they fear more sites will be added to the list, as the group works to verify the destruction.