The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and the war

The UOC in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate is also a victim of Russia’s aggression of Ukraine

Bishop Victor of Baryshivka of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) condemns Russia’s war on Ukraine

Union of Orthodox Journalists (13.07.2022) – – In an interview with the Greek-language resource news-politics.comBishop Victor of Baryshivka said that due to the invasion of Russian troops, Ukraine will never be the same again.

“Thousands of our fellow citizens died defending their homeland, the infrastructure is destroyed, and the economy is in a disastrous state. We have been put on the brink of survival, and the likelihood of a humanitarian catastrophe is quite high. But even if one does not take into account all these terrible factors, but only considers the fact that almost five thousand civilians of Ukraine, including nearly three hundred children, died during the five months of warfare, it becomes obvious this war cannot be called otherwise than insanity, and there is no reason to justify it,” said the bishop.

Severodonetsk Eparchy publishes photos of destroyed UOC temples 

Union of Orthodox Journalists (13.07.2022) – – On July 12, 2022, the press service of the Severodonetsk Eparchy posted photos of destroyed UOC churches and chapels on its Telegram channel.

Many churches of the eparchy have been completely or partially destroyed because of shelling and fires caused by them. Among those affected are

St. Nicholas’s Church in Borovskoye;

St. Nicholas’s Chapel and the Chapel of St. Seraphim of Sarov at the entrance to Severodonetsk;

the Church “Tenderness” Icon of the Mother of God in Severodonetsk;

the Chapel of St. John the Warrior Martyr in Severodonetsk, which is under construction;

the Church of the Holy Cross in Lesnaya Dacha;

the Church St. Tabitha of Joppa in Voronovo settlement;

the Church of St. Varlaam of Khutyn in Severodonetsk;

the Church of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon of the Mother of God in Severodonetsk;

the Chapel of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called;

the Chapel of the “Life-bearing Spring” Icon of the Mother of God on the territory of the Church of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God in Rubezhnoye town.


As reported, more than 40 churches in the Severodonetsk Eparchies have been damaged or destroyed. See pictures here.

Photo: St. Nicholas’s Church in Borovskoye village. Photo: Telegram channel of the Severodonetsk Eparchy Churches and chapels are destroyed due to military actions.

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