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Ukraine's President names leader of new church in split from Russia

Ukraine's President names leader of new church in split from Russia
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko congratulates newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko) at the Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich   -   Copyright  GLEB GARANICH(Reuters)
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KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine chose the leader of a new national church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Metropolitan Epifaniy, of the Kiev Patriarchate church, had been chosen as head of the new church.

“This day will go into history as a sacred day … the day of the final independence from Russia,” Poroshenko told thousands of supporters.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Matthias Williams; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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