The Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Donets’k – Kharkiv was established on the 11th January, 2002 from the Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Kyiv – Vyshhorod (which has now become the Ukrainian Catholic Major Archeparchy of Kyiv-Halych. The current, and first, archiepiscopal exarch is Archbishop Stephan Meniok, C.S.S.R.. It is one of the only two archiepiscopal exarchates which exist in the world - both being Ukrainian Rite.
Status as Archiepiscopal Exarchate
Church of the Holy Mother of God
As Major Archbishops have similar authority to that of Patriarchs, Archiepiscopal Exarchates similarly have roughly the same status in canon law as Patriarchal Exarchates.