Until now, the church was formed in Ukraine in 1992 as a schismatic.
The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople at a meeting on Thursday decided to grant the status of canonical churches to the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, the Greek website Orthodoxy.info reports citing its sources.
As previously reported, the leaders of both organizations, Filaret Denisenko and Macarius Maletich, appealed to the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, for recognition.
Information about the recognition of both the Synod in Istanbul is confirmed by the source of the Greek Romfea Church News Agency.
Since the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997 imposed an anathema on Denisenko, not one of the local Orthodox churches has had any eucharistic and prayerful communion with him and the Kyiv Patriarchate headed by him.
Official reports of Constantinople on the results of the Synod have not yet been received.
Ukrainian authorities and representatives of the split are seeking to create an autocephalous church, independent of the Moscow Patriarchate. Patriarch Bartholomew agreed to help them in this by sending two exarchs to Ukraine in September.