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Russian night attack ruins largest Orthodox cathedral in Odesa

During the night of 23 July, Russia launched five types of missiles at the south-Ukrainian port city of Odesa, destroying port infrastructure, residential buildings, and the largest Orthodox Church in the city
Women cry after the Russian missile attack on Odesa in the night of 23 July. Photo: Odesa Oblast Military Administration
Women cry after the Russian missile attack on Odesa in the night of 23 July. Photo: Odesa Oblast Military Administration
Russian night attack ruins largest Orthodox cathedral in Odesa

During the night of 23 July, Russia launched five types of missiles at the south-Ukrainian port city of Odesa, destroying port infrastructure, residential buildings, and the largest Orthodox Church in the city, Operative Command South said.

As well, at least six residential buildings, including apartment buildings, damaged dozens of cars were damaged, as well as the facades and roofs of many buildings in the city, including two monuments of architecture, it added.

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The attack killed one person and injured 19, Odesa authorities said

Ukraine’s air defense reported that it intercepted nine of the 19 missiles that Russia fired at Odesa:

  • 5 Onyks cruise missiles from the Bastion coastal missile system (Crimea);
  • 3 Kh-22 air-launched cruise missiles – launched from Tu-22MZ aircraft (Black Sea);
  • 4 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles – allegedly from a submarine (Black Sea);
  • 5 Iskander-K land-launched cruise missiles (Crimea);
  • 2 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (Crimea).

The air defense shot down the four Kalibr missiles and five Iskander-K.

Photos: Operative Command South, Odesa Oblast Military Administration

The attack demolished the city’s largest Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration Cathedral, which belongs to the Russia-backed Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Transfiguration Cathedral is located in the heart of Odesa on Ploshcha Soborna.

The church first appeared on this site in 1808. However, in 1936 it was destroyed by the Soviet authorities. Before the destruction, the cathedral was looted.

Photos: Odesa eparchy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP)

The church was restored after Ukraine gained its independence. The building was put into operation in 2005.

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  • On 17 July 2023, the Russian Federation withdrew from the Black Sea grain initiative and stated that it would not give guarantees it will not attack civilian vessels after that date. The Ukrainian defense ministry mirrored Russia’s threats to ships at sea.
  • After that, Russia launched a massive attack on the city of Odesa and the region with missiles and drones for five nights in a row, destroying ports, granaries, residential buildings, and other facilities. The attacks in the city and region also resulted in civilian casualties.

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  • Russian missiles destroyed 60,000 tons of food that waited for shipping to China from Odesa
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  • Port, industrial facilities hit in Russian night missile and drone attack on southern Ukraine
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