21 May, 07:56 PM
Russian air strike destroys monastery in Donbas
There were no fatalities, and the civilians were later rescued from the monastery’s cellar by Ukrainian law enforcement.
The monks were eventually persuaded to seek safety elsewhere, and 40 women, 20 children and men were evacuated by local authorities.
The monastery, identified as a skete of the Holy Mother, belonging to the Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery and established in the 16th century, has been destroyed, local law enforcement say. Both the skete and the Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery belong to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has taken a pro-Russian approach to the conflict.
Five village residents with limited mobility were also evacuated.