Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attention of his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko to the plight of institutions of Russian culture in Ukraine, according to Itar-Tass.

“We hope that the Ukrainian side, in its turn, will give due attention to the institutions of Russian culture in Ukraine,” Putin writes in his message to Yushchenko. “We, for instance, are very much concerned with the plight of the Russian cultural centre in Lvov that is regularly raided by nationalists,” says the message.

Putin notes that “not one of the numerous acts of vandalism against the centre has been solved by local law enforcement authorities.” “I am sure that your attention to the matter will help normalize the situation regarding the Russian community in Lvov, which will help increase mutual understanding between our countries,” Putin noted.