Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret stressed that Russia had no patrimony in Ukraine and after the recognition of One Ukrainian local Orthodox Church, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and Pochayiv Lavra have to become the property of Ukrainian church. Filaret said this in an interview with Pryamiy TV channel, as the church's press service reports.
“The fact is that Moscow Patriarchate does not have any property in Ukraine. For example, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and Pochayiv Lavra – whose property is that? It’s the property of Ukraine. And the country transferred its property in use of Ukrainian Church of Moscow Patriarchate. But when Ukrainian Church is recognized here, then both Lavra will go to Ukraine’s Church. Because this is a Ukrainian holy site,” Filaret said.
He added that Russia and Moscow Patriarchate have nothing to do with these holy sites.
“The parishes that built their churches for their money own these churches, and not Russia,” Filaret noted.
As it was reported earlier, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed the intention to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asserted that the receipt of Tomos on autocephaly by Ukraine will complete the assertion of its independence. Such a statement the head of the Ukrainian state made during events on the celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus - Ukraine.
On April 19 Verkhovna Rada with 268 votes of people's deputies supported the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to provide a tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Later it became known that the Ecumenical Patriarchate was beginning consultations with sister churches on the issue of granting autocephaly to the UOC.
Note that since the early 90's in Ukraine there are several jurisdictions that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephalous churches.
The canonical status is held by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically unrecognized.
In addition, Ukraine also has an unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).