A 16th century Ukrainian monastery has been burned down by Russian forces
A 16th century Orthodox monastery has been burned to the ground after shelling by Russian artillery in eastern Ukraine, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but Russian media and supporters claim Ukrainian nationalists set it ablaze, as Moscow’s ongoing invasion carries on for more than 100 days.
The wooden structure of All Saints Monastery of the Svyatogorsk Lavra, which is located in Gorlovka city in Donetsk region and belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, was set ablaze Saturday after a series of targeted shelling by Russian forces, Fox News reported.
On his official Telegram channel, Zelenskyy posted a video of the burning monastery, saying, “Russian artillery struck and destroyed All Saints Monastery,” the Qatari government-run news agency Al Jazeera reported.
The Ukrainian president also said Russia should be expelled from the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO. “Every church burned by Russia in Ukraine, every school blown up, every destroyed memorial proves that Russia has no place in UNESCO.”
Russia’s defense ministry has also claimed that Ukrainian troops set fire to the monastery, according to Al Jazeera.