As a result of Russian attacks, at least 116 religious sites destroyed

09 May, 11:34
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As a result of Russian attacks, at least 116 religious sites destroyed - фото 1
Since February 24, at least 116 religious buildings (not counting adjacent buildings) have already been destroyed in at least thirteen regions of Ukraine: Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernihiv.

This is stated in the report of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience.

The vast majority of them (91 out of 116) are Orthodox churches. Mosques, synagogues, Catholic and Protestant churches, religious educational institutions and important administrative buildings of religious organizations were also destroyed.

Most of the objects that were destroyed as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been identified so far in the Donetsk, Kyiv and Kharkiv regions (at least 20 in each of them). Accordingly, in these three regions, more than half of all currently recorded cases of damage to sacred buildings in Ukraine.

The interactive map of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience allows users to see all the affected sites and choose a visualization per a religious community.

The State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience asks to send the information, in particular photos, evidencing the damage to religious buildings and other consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for religious communities, to [email protected].

Contact phone number: +380 97 705 38 57.

It also encourages the registration of testimonies on the resource of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine for documenting war crimes against humanity and cultural heritage objects committed by the Russian army: https://culturecrimes.mkip.gov.ua.

You can view recorded war crimes here.