The church was built by Russians during their occupation of Erzurum following the Ottoman-Russian war in 1877 from 1885 to 1890.
The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church, marking an historic split from Russia.
Russian faithful reacted on Sunday to the newly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church which has now split from the Moscow Patriarchate.
Constantinople's decision last week to end more than 300 years of Moscow's control over Orthodox churches in Ukraine was met with the Russian Orthodox Church's decision to split from Constantinople.
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