Svyatogorsk, Donetsk Province, Ukraine, June 6, 2022
The main monastery has been shelled several times, and this is already the fourth skete to suffer serious damage. Four monastics were killed and several others were severely injured as a result of the latest shelling of the main monastery.
This time, the beautiful wooden church at the All Saints Skete, located to the southeast of the main monastery, completely burned to the ground on Saturday, reports the Donetsk Diocese.
The skete church and cemetery were earlier destroyed in the godless 20th century. Starting in 2005, two new wooden churches were built at the skete in the traditions of Russian wooden architecture from the 16th-17th centuries.
A video published by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church shows the church before and after:
Photo: Facebook Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky blamed the shelling on the Russian army and called the canonical Ukrainian Church to “more decisive conclusions and a clear condemnation of those who condone aggression.”
Conversely, the Russian military says that it isn’t conducting any combat operations in the Svyatogorsk region, and the Russian Ministry of Defense has blamed the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for the shelling.