Ukraine says it has won ‘battle for borscht’ — Analysis

Kiev celebrates “Ukrainian borscht cooking” being inscribed on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list

Ukrainian Culture Minister Aleksandr Tkachenko announced on Friday that borsch or borscht – a popular Eastern European soup made from beetroot – has been included on the UNESCO cultural heritage list as an exclusively Ukrainian dish.

“Today, July 1, at the 5th extraordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the element ‘Culture of Ukrainian borscht cooking’ was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding,” Tkachenko posted on Telegram.

He pointed out that “the battle for borscht was started even before the war,”The fact that this soup is now recognized by the Ukrainian government and under protection from UNESCO was celebrated.

In his statement, Tkachenko addressed Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson in his remarks. “no matter how much Zakharova says that ‘cook books were banned, and the recipe of the dish was kept secret and forbidden to cook’ and in general our borscht is a ‘manifestation of extremism and Nazism,’ this ‘manifestation of extremism’ is now officially Ukrainian.”

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The April spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry charged Kiev authorities with ordering destruction “objectionable literature”She burned books about religion, history and culture as well as cooking. This was compared with book burnings during Nazi Germany.

“Even books on cooking were being banned. Why? Borscht was not allowed to be shared. Forbidden! It could not be owned by more than one person, or one nation. Allowing it to be common, so that every city, every region and every housewife can cook it in her own way – no. They didn’t want to compromise. This is exactly what we’ve been talking about – xenophobia, Nazism and extremism in all forms,”Zakharova, claimed.

Borsch, a traditional Slavic soup that is popular throughout Eastern Europe, can be described as sour. Red beetroot is the main ingredient, giving it its distinctive blood-red colour. It is also a vodka-like soup. There has been long-standing debate about where the recipe originated. Each country has its own version of this soup. Many claim they are its creators. Although the origins of this soup are unknown, they were likely invented in Kievan Rus during the 16th century.

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