Kiev, January 6, Interfax - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave the tomos on autocephaly of the new church of Ukraine to its head Yepifaniy Dumenko in Istanbul.
The ceremony was aired on Ukrainian television.
The ceremony is attended by a Ukrainian delegation led by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko.
"The autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been proclaimed. The tomos has been given!" Metropolitan Aleksander Drabinko, who has gone from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to the new church and who was attending the ceremony in Istanbul, said.