EPAThe ruined interior of the Transfiguration Cathedral
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 12:39
During last night’s shelling of the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, the famous Transfiguration Cathedral received a direct hit. The cathedral is badly damaged.
The Transfiguration Cathedral is the oldest and largest cathedral in Odesa and stands in the historic center of the port city. The center of Odesa is a United Nations World Heritage Site.
“The destruction is huge, half the roof is gone,” Archdeacon Andri Palchuk told AP news agency. “But with God’s help we will rebuild it,” after which he burst into tears. As he spoke, employees of the complex brought out documents and valuables.
EPAMemployees bring objects to safety
According to Palchuk, the cathedral was hit by a Russian missile, which then exploded in the basement. Two people inside at the time were injured.
The Russians deny responsibility. It is most likely that the cathedral was hit by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, says the Russian defense ministry.
Ukrainian President Zelensky vows revenge. “There is no excuse for Russian evil. Evil will lose. And you can be sure that there will be retaliation for the Russian terrorists. They will feel it.”
Tsarin Catherine the Great commissioned the construction in 1795. It was demolished again in the 1930s under the communist Soviet regime. Rebuilding began in 1999. That lasted four years.
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In addition to the cathedral, houses and apartments were also hit last night. One person was killed and a total of twenty people were injured.
Russia has attacked Odesa several times in the past week. Until now, mainly port buildings and port installations have been targeted.