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Ukraine: Historic Orthodox monastery “Holy Dormition” was destroyed

On May 30, the Lavra Monastery in Donetsk was destroyed in a Russian attack on the city of Svatogorsk. The death toll from the attack is unknown.

C. Rubini CTC, Vatican News

The Russian Orchestra destroyed the historic Orthodox monastery “Holy Dormition” in the town of Svatogorsk in Donetsk Oblast on May 30.

The news was published by a site that provides information about the Moscow Patriarchate. “I am very saddened to announce that the third and fourth monasteries in Lavra were damaged in the clashes on May 30,” said a statement from Mariupol, Metropolitan of Donetsk.

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In the attack, the Archbishop of Lavra, Archimandrite Galaxy One, the monk Aristocle, and Warvara’s nun were killed, and other monks, Joseph Amphilocius and Alipi, were wounded.

Origins in the thirteenth century

Svyatohirsk “Lavra of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God” (literally “Holy Mountain”) is an important and historic monastery, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. There are several opinions from historical sources on the date of the foundation of the monastery. According to some, the monastery dates from the 13th century, when the monks of the Lavra Caves in Kiev, who fled after the Mongol occupation, took refuge in the area.


During the 100-day war, the complex was attacked several times, but displaced civilians sought refuge in the ashram, the SIR news agency said. On March 12, 2022, Russian airstrikes on the Donnet Bridge near the monastery caused damage. There were about 520 refugees at the time. The blast shattered windows and doors of monastery buildings, shattered windows and injured several people. Seven others were injured in the May 4 bombing.

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