The Cathedral of the Transfiguration, founded in 1794, is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The United Nations has condemned Russian missile attacks on an Orthodox cathedral in central Odessa.
kyiv accused Russia of “destroying” the cathedral as part of a campaign to “systematically” harm the Orthodox Church in the country.
It is a “war crime that will never be forgotten or forgiven,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
Dozens of buildings in the area have also been damaged or destroyed. Moscow has intensified attacks on the port city since it withdrew from the UN-backed grain export deal on Monday. Ukraine accuses him of attacking grain supplies and infrastructure vital to the deal.
In a tweet, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that “Ukraine needs a full air shield” and that the way to defeat Russian missile attacks is with more air defense systems for all of Ukraine.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied that the intended target of the attacks in Odessa was the Orthodox cathedral, suggesting that a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile was more likely to have caused the damage.