Russian missiles badly damaged a historic Orthodox cathedral in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa, sparking outrage and prompting President Zelensky to vow retaliation.

According to Ukrainian officials, the strikes killed at least one person and injured several others, the latest in a wave of attacks on Odesa and the icon of the patroness of the city had been retrieved from under the rubble.

The Transfiguration Cathedral is Odesa’s largest church building. It was consecrated in 1809, destroyed during the Soviet era in 1936 before being rebuilt when Ukraine became an independent nation.

The cathedral lies in Odesa’s city centre, which UNESCO named a World Heritage Site amid the threat of Russia’s invasion.

 Meanwhile, Russia claims Ukrainian drones struck two non-residential buildings in Moscow in the early hours of Monday morning and were “suppressed” by defences there.

According to Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyaninhe, the strikes caused no serious damage or casualties.

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