Today I took part in a prayer service in Mariupol Church of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God.

Looking at the construction progress, I would like to say that once all the planned works are completed, this will be a magnificent cathedral in the city centre. I am sure that this Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin will be a real hallmark of Mariupol.

We will make every effort to have the temple’s construction completed in the coming years, and it will become the centre of the city's religious life. I believe that such projects should be promoted in every possible way. I think that this beautiful centre of spirituality will become a real centrepiece of downtown Mariupol.