Historic Ukrainian monastery burns after Russian shelling, Zelenskyy says

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A centuries-old monastery in Ukraine has been burned past restore after shelling by Russian artillery, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated.

All Saints Monastery of the Svyatogorsk Lavra was set ablaze Saturday after a collection of concentrated bombardments from Russian invading forces. 

The monastery is a spiritual institute below the safety of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has continued to aspect with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 


The blaze was reported by Ukrainian journalist Agath Gorski, who posted footage of the catastrophe to Twitter.

“The wood All Saints Monastery of the Svyatogorsk Lavra in Donetsk area is on hearth attributable to Russian shelling!” Gorski stated. “The Lavra dates again to the 1500s. Second time Russia shells it. That is one more act of Russian barbarism. For them, nothing is sacred.”

Zelenskyy posted video of the burning holy web site on social media Saturday.

The monastery, positioned within the Donetsk area of Ukraine, is made principally of lumber and has stood because the sixteenth century.

The inferno is prone to pressure ecumenical relations between Ukraine and Russia even additional. The continuing invasion has spurred Orthodox bishops to separate from the patriarchate of Moscow and start working autocephalous episcopal sees.

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

Greater than 100 church buildings in Ukraine had rejected the UOC in favor of the Kyiv-based Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), which had cut up from Moscow in 2019. 

But the UOC itself declared “full independence” from Moscow Friday.

“We absolutely perceive how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is struggling at present,” the pinnacle of the Russian Orthodox Church stated within the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in central Moscow. He warned that “spirits of malice” needed to divide the Orthodox folks of Russia and Ukraine however declared that they might not succeed.

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