Kyiv Shrines, Memorials with Powerful Symbolic Value at Risk

Kyiv, bracing for a potentially catastrophic Russian attack, is the spiritual heart of Ukraine.

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FILE - The Monastery of the Caves, also known as Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, one of the holiest sites of Eastern Orthodox Christians, is seen in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. As the capital braces for a Russian attack in 2022, the spiritual heart of Ukraine could be at risk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
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Kyiv, bracing for a potentially catastrophic Russian attack, is the spiritual heart of Ukraine. Among the sites at risk in the Ukrainian capital are the nation’s most sacred Orthodox shrines, dating back nearly 1,000 years to the dawn of Christianity in the region. The sites, along with other landmark shrines in Kyiv, are religiously significant to both Ukrainian Orthodox and Russian Orthodox. They also stand as powerful symbols in the quarrel over whether the two…

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