Historic Ukrainian monastery burns after Russian bombing, says Zelensky

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said a centuries-old monastery in Ukraine was burned beyond repair after Russian artillery bombardment.

The All Saints’ Monastery on the Svyatogorsk Lavra was set on fire on Saturday after a series of concentrated bombardments by invading Russian forces.

The monastery is a religious institute under the protection of the Moscow Patriarchate that has continued to stand by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine claims that it retakes part of the eastern city of Severodonetsk from Russia

The fire was reported by Ukrainian journalist Agath Gorsky, who posted footage of the disaster on Twitter.

“The wooden All Saints monastery in the Svyatogorsk Lavra in the Donetsk region is on fire due to Russian bombing!” Gorsky said. “The Lavra dates back to the 15th century AD. The second time it was bombed by Russia. This is another act of Russian barbarism. For them, nothing is sacred.”

Zelensky posted a video of the burning of the sacred site on social media on Saturday.

The monastery, located in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, is made mostly of wood, and has been in existence since the 16th century.

Hell is likely to further strain the ecumenical relations between Ukraine and Russia. The constant invasion prompted the Orthodox bishops to separate from the Moscow Patriarchate and to start operating independent episcopal sees.


Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) Patriarch Kirill, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has formally separated from Moscow amid Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in what one analyst described as a “huge blow to Putin”.

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More than 100 churches in Ukraine The University of British Columbia declined in favor of the Kyiv-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which seceded from Moscow in 2019.

However, the University of British Columbia declared itself “complete independence” from Moscow on Friday.

“We fully understand how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is suffering today,” Chief The Russian Orthodox Church said In the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the center of Moscow. He warned that “spirits of malice” wanted to divide the Orthodox people of Russia and Ukraine, but declared that they would not succeed.

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