The land plot where the square is situated is in long-term lease with the Land Development, a construction company owned by City Council Member Volodymyr Kaltsev. He earlier repeatedly indicated his intention to build a shopping center instead of the square.
The court earlier prohibited cutting the trees after the activists campaigning for preservation of the square had filed a lawsuit.
In late June, City Mayor Volodymyr Buriak called on the shopping center developers and those advocating preservation of the square to suspend work and protests pending the outcome of the trial in August. The first two trees on the square were cut as early as in late July. About 500 more trees were taken down yesterday before the court had made its decision.