Russia does not have church property in Ukraine, and after the recognition of the united Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the latter will receive the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and Pochayiv Lavra monasteries, the head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), Filaret, has said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
"The fact is that the Moscow Patriarchate does not own any property in Ukraine: it does not have any property. For example, take the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and Pochayiv Lavra monasteries, which belong to the Ukrainian state. The state transferred its property to the Ukrainian Church (Moscow Patriarchate), but when Ukraine's Orthodox Church is recognized, the monasteries will be transferred to the Ukrainian church," Filaret said during an interview with the Priamy TV channel, published on the UOC-KP's website.
Filaret said churches built using the funds of the parishes are the property of the parishes, and not of Russia.
"Therefore, Russia has no church property in Ukraine," Filaret said.