During 5 months of the war, Russian troops destroyed 183 religious buildings in Ukraine

Due to the Russian invasion, 183 religious buildings in Ukraine were destroyed. In 5 months of a full-scale invasion, Russian invaders destroyed at least 183 religious buildings in Ukraine. The press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy writes about this, Christian Megaportal inVictory reports with reference to Ukrinform.

“From February 24 to July 23, 2022, at least 183 religious buildings in at least 14 regions of Ukraine were completely destroyed or suffered damage of varying degrees as a result of an armed attack by the Russian Federation: churches, mosques, synagogues, educational and administrative buildings of religious communities. 5 of the 183 structures damaged as a result of the Russian attack belong to Muslims, 5 belong to Jewish, and the remaining 173 belong to Christians,” the press release says.

Among Christian shrines, 22 belong to Protestant communities, 19 belong to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), three belong to the Roman Catholic Church (RKC), and two belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC). And 73% (127 objects) of the 173 damaged Christian structures, completely or partially destroyed as a result of the Russian attack, belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC).

The largest number of destroyed religious buildings are in Donetsk (45) and Lugansk (40) regions, followed by Kyiv (34) and Kharkov (25) regions. It is also reported that following the results of monitoring carried out by the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience (DESS) in cooperation with the Workshop of Academic Religious Studies, an interactive map of the destruction of religious buildings in Ukraine was published on the DESS website. As reported, the temple in Zavorichi in the Kiev region survived two world wars, but burned to the ground from the shelling of Russian troops.

Source: За 5 месяцев войны войска РФ разрушили 183 религиозных сооружения в Украине | Новости inVictory