On September 12, 2021, the head of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko, while on a visit to Lviv, visited the parish of St. Prince Vladimir on Sykhiv and performed the “rite of consecration” of the cross and the construction site of the new cathedral of the Lviv and Sokal diocese. This was reported by the press service of the OCU.
At the same time, Dumenko was not hindered by the fact that the piece of land on which he “consecrated” the construction, according to the law, belongs to the UOC community, which has a temporary church at the same address.
As previously reported, the OCU does not have the right to conduct construction work at the indicated address, since this site of 0.56 hectares was allocated by the city for the UOC community back in 1991. In 1993, after the emergence of the Filaret schism, the large stone church in honor of St. Prince Vladimir, almost completed by the believers of the UOC, was seized by schismatics. The community, which had lost its temple, first held its services under a canopy, and then managed to build a small wooden temple next to the captured one, which was also named after Prince Vladimir. Thus, now two churches (used by the UOC and the OCU) bear the same name and are located at the same address – Chervona Kaliny Avenue, 89.