Russians inflict the most damage upon Moscow church in Ukraine


RISU, 25 July 2022


In five months of the full-fledged attack, Russian invaders have damaged no fewer than 183 religious buildings in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy in a press release given to Ukrinform.


"From 24 February through 23 July 2022, at least 183 religious buildings in no fewer than 14 oblasts of Ukraine were completely destroyed or damaged to various extents as the result of the armed assault by the Russian Federation: churches, mosques, synagogues, and educational and administrative buildings of religious communities of Ukraine. Five of the 183 buildings damaged as the result of the attack of the R.F. were Islamic, 5 were Jewish, and the remaining 173 were Christian," the report says.


Among the Christian sacred objects, 22 belong to protestant communities, 19 to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU), three to the Roman Catholic Church, and two to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. And 73% (127 structures) of the 173 Christian buildings that were destroyed completely or partially damaged as the result of Russian attacks belong to the UPTsMP [Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate].


The greatest number of damaged religious structures are in Donetsk (45) and Luhansk (40) oblasts, followed by the Kiev (34) and Kharkov (25) oblasts.


It is also reported that on the basis of results of monitoring by the Ukrainian State Service for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience, in cooperation with the Studio of Academic Religious Studies, an interactive map of religious structures damaged in Ukraine has been published on the website of the Department for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience. (tr. by PDS, posted 25 July 2022)

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