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A Russian rocket destroyed the central altar of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa, resulting in the partial destruction of the temple. This is reported by the Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrinform reported.

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"On the night of July 23, 2023, during the Russian terrorist attack on the city of Odessa, an enemy missile hit the Transfiguration Cathedral. The rocket hit the central altar directly, resulting in the cathedral building and the three lower floors being partially demolished and the interior and icons were significantly damaged," the statement said.

It is noted that premises at the bottom of the cathedral were destroyed, BTA reported.

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A security guard was injured in the cathedral.

"The Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church once again condemns Russia's aggression against Ukraine, this terrorist act against the main shrine and spiritual heart of the city of Odessa - the Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration, around which peaceful citizens live, and the cathedral itself is in no way connected with military facilities," the diocese added.

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