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Russian Strikes On Odesa Damage Historical Orthodox Cathedral

Russian strikes on Odesa damage historical Orthodox cathedral in a deeply troubling incident resulting in the loss of human lives and causing injuries to several others. The attack has sparked widespread outrage both within Ukraine and internationally, prompting President Zelensky to promise retaliation.

Cecilia Jones
Jul 23, 20236805 Shares243023 Views
Russian strikes on Odesa damage historical Orthodox cathedral in a deeply troubling incident resulting in the loss of human lives and causing injuries to several others. The attack has sparked widespread outrage both within Ukraine and internationally, prompting President Zelensky to promise retaliation.
Among the casualties is the Transfiguration Cathedral, a significant religious landmark and Odesa's largest church building. Originally consecrated in 1809, the cathedral had faced destruction during the Soviet era in 1936 but was painstakingly rebuilt after Ukraine gained its independence.
Regrettably, the missile strikes have not only targeted the cathedral but also inflicted destruction upon other historic buildings in Odesa, according to Ukraine's culture ministry. The severity of the damage underscores the gravity of the situation.
Odesa's city center, where the Transfiguration Cathedral stands, holds immense cultural value, acknowledged by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This recognition was granted amid the looming threat of Russia's invasion, further amplifying the significance of the cathedral and the city's heritage.
Distressing video footage reveals the interior of the cathedral strewn with debris, painting a grim picture of the aftermath. However, amidst the devastation, Ukrainian officials managed to retrieve the icon of the city's patroness from beneath the rubble, a symbol of hope amid the tragedy.
Odesa's cultural importance is undeniable, with deep historical ties to Russia dating back to its founding under Catherine the Great. As Russia's second most vital port in the past, the city's heritage and cultural significance are shared between the two nations.
According to a statement released on Telegram by Ukraine's Operational Command, the recent strikes resulted in significant damage, including dozens of cars being destroyed, facades and roofs of numerous buildings being severely impacted, and windows being blown out in the city.
"Several craters have been formed in the city. There are power outages, which may hamper traffic and the route of public transport may be changed."
In a Facebook post, Julia Gorodetska, a Ukrainian journalist who experienced the overnight attacks, described how her house was left "shaking and bouncing" due to the intensity of the strikes.
"It’s loud. Powerful. I’ve jumped up like a mountain goat and ran into the corridor. Nothing hurts anymore, there’s no depression. I desperately want to live," she said, describing the moment the explosions hit.

Historic Odesa cathedral damaged by Russian strikes

The Russian Ministry of Defense refuted allegations of targeting the cathedral, asserting that their attacks were directed at locations where "terrorist acts" were being planned. They emphasized that all intended targets were successfully destroyed during the operation.
Over the past week, Ukraine has faced significant challenges in countering the barrage of Russian strikes on Odesa. The region's air defenses proved insufficient against the advanced missile systems employed by Moscow, resulting in difficulties in repelling the attacks.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the latest attack by Moscow in a statement released on Sunday.
Missiles against peaceful cities, against residential buildings, a cathedral. There can be no excuse for Russian evil. As always, this evil will lose and there will definitely be a retaliation to Russian terrorists for Odesa. They will feel this retaliation. I am grateful to everyone who is helping people and to everyone who is with Odesa in their thoughts and emotions. We will get through this. We will restore peace. And for this, we must defeat the Russian evil.- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
In a tweet, Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, expressed concern that Russia has caused significant harm to hundreds of cultural sites, indicating an attempt to undermine Ukraine's heritage.
In the Kharkiv region, local military commanders reported casualties from Russian overnight strikes. Tragically, the attacks led to the deaths of a 57-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man in the Dvorichna district due to shelling.
Over the past day, the enemy has been massively shelling settlements in Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Kupyansk and Izium districts with artillery, mortars and aircraft.- Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv region military administration, on Telegram
The attacks on Kupyansk with rocket launchers, cannon artillery, and mortars resulted in damage to several civilian industry buildings, including at least three houses and outbuildings.
"Our defenders are holding their positions in the Kupyansk sector. The enemy has made no progress," Syniehubov said.

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Odesa serves as Ukraine's largest port, facilitating the shipment of millions of tonnes of grain from its docks as part of a deal established in July 2022. This agreement, brokered by Turkey and the UN, permits cargo ships to navigate a designated corridor in the Black Sea.
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