Russian troops damaged at least seven Orthodox churches in the Luhansk region.
The relevant statement was made by the Luhansk regional military administration on Telegram, reports a correspondent of Ukrinform.
“The ‘Russian world’ destroys everything in its path. It does not need people, houses, businesses, cultural monuments. The Russians erase everything they encounter in the Lugansk region. Even something that is related to their own faith, the Orthodox churches,” the report said.
The Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Sievierodonetsk has already been hit four times by Russian shells. Nevertheless, Easter services were held in its basement premises on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
St. Catherine’s Church in Shchastia, which is a cultural monument, was partially destroyed. Russian artillery strikes also hit St. Mitrophan’s Church in Lysytchansk and Moscow’s Matrona Church in Rubizhne. St. Michael’s Parish Church in Rubizhne was damaged, as was the newly built St. George’s Church in Rubizhne. The Holy Trinity Church in Troitske ended up with shattered windows.
In addition, the Bismillah Islamic cultural center in Sievierodonetsk and the prayer rooms of Evangelical-Baptist Christians in Metiolkine were damaged.
A reminder that as of April 23, 2022, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy has registered 242 cases of war crimes committed by Russian invaders against the cultural heritage of Ukraine.