Russians destroyed 183 religious buildings in Ukraine, the majority of them in the Donetsk region
The press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy said it in a press release provided 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 destruction to varying degrees as a result of an armed attack by the Russian Federation: churches, mosques, synagogues, educational and administrative buildings of religious communities of Ukraine. 5 out of the 183 structures that sustained damages caused by the Russian attack are Muslim, 5 are Jewish, and the remaining 173 are Christian," the report says.
Among the Christian shrines, 22 belong to Protestant communities, 19 to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), three to the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and two to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC). And 73% (127 objects) of the 173 damaged Christian buildings that were completely or partially destroyed due to the Russian attack belong to the UOC-MP.
The largest number of destroyed religious buildings is in Donetsk (45) and Luhansk (40) regions, followed by Kyiv (34) and Kharkiv (25) regions.
It is also reported that following the results of monitoring carried out by the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Affairs and Freedom of Conscience in cooperation with the Workshop of academic and religious studies, an interactive map of the destruction of religious buildings in Ukraine has been published on the website of the SEFC.