Made from beet, the soup is consumed in several countries in the region, including Poland and Russia. In Ukraine, its cooking is the focal point of family gatherings and community events.
Following the Russian invasion, Ukraine asked UNESCO for a fast-track processing of its borscht application as a case of "extreme urgency."
Since the origins of the dish are murky, both Ukraine and Russia whetted their appetite for borscht to officially become their country’s dish.
After the agency’s decision, Ukrainian culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said: 'Victory in the war for borscht is ours,' adding that Ukraine will soon win another war.
Source: UNESCO, BBC