During a working trip to Odesa region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky viewed the damage to Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral caused by the recent massive Russian shelling of civilian infrastructure and the historic centre of Odesa.
He was told about the extent of the destruction of the church and its current condition, and was informed that experts are currently working to assess the possibility of restoring the building.
It is the largest Orthodox church in Odesa, founded in 1795 and consecrated in 1808. In 1936, it was completely destroyed on the orders of Josef Stalin. The current cathedral was rebuilt in 1999-2011 on the site of its predecessor.
On July 23, 2023, due to a criminal missile attack by Russia, the cathedral suffered significant damage. The altar was completely destroyed and the supporting structure of the building was damaged.