Hugh Bonneville took part in the Postcards from Ukraine project

Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine after Kyiv and almost every building in its historical centre is an architectural monument. Hugh Bonneville voiced the story of destroyed in the Postcards from Ukraine project.

Hugh Bonneville, a famous British actor, took part in the international project of the Ukrainian Institute “Postcards from Ukraine” and voiced the story of the destroyed city. This is how the whole world will learn about Kharkiv and its architecture destroyed by the Russian army.

Kharkiv has been under consistent missile attack for all six months of the full-scale war, it was only last night, on the 28th of August, that the city centre was shelled again by the Russian army. Overall since the 24th of February, there were committed 492 episodes of war crimes against the cultural heritage of Ukraine, as reported by Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. 

During the entire project “Postcards from Ukraine”, the Ukrainian Institute will present 7 more videos featuring seven artists from Ukraine and other European countries telling the stories of destroyed historic and cultural buildings.

Hugh Bonneville is best known for his role as Robert Crowley in Downton Abbey, as well as Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men and the Paddington Bear films. His acting in Downton Abbey earned him a Golden Globe nomination, two consecutive Emmy nominations, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the actor has been supporting Ukraine in social networks, appeals and collecting money for humanitarian and military aid. 

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Russian army has destroyed more than 450 unique cultural and historical objects, many of them are landmark monuments. The Ukrainian Institute, with the support from USAID, launched the international campaign “Postcards from Ukraine”, which tells about the first 100+ documented destroyed monuments. Ukrainian and world stars have already joined in supporting the campaign.