(BBC News) The recently formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been granted independence, marking a historic split from the Russian Church.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew - the head of the global Orthodox Church - has signed a document in Istanbul, Turkey, to that effect.
It formalises an October announcement.
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The move has provoked a furious response in Russia, where the Church has broken off links, deepening a split in the worldwide Orthodox Church.