Chief of the General Staff (Ukraine)

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Chief of the General Staff
Ukrainian: Начальник Генерального штабу
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Sleeve patch of the General Staff
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Flag of the Chief of the General Staff
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Incumbent
Army General Viktor Muzhenko

since 3 July 2014
Ministry of Defence
Member of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Reports to Minister of Defence
Appointer President of Ukraine
Formation April 1918 (historical)
23 December 1991 (current)
First holder Colonel Oleksandr Slyvynsky

The Chief of the General Staff (Ukrainian: Начальник Генерального штабу) is the chief of staff of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He/she is appointed by the President of Ukraine.[1] If the Minister of Defense is a civilian the Chief of the General Staff becomes the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.[2] The current Chief of the General Staff is Viktor Muzhenko.[1]

Chiefs of Staff

Ukrainian People's Republic

Chief of the Ukrainian General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Borys Bobrovsky [uk]
Bobrovsky, BorysMajor General
Borys Bobrovsky [uk]
(1868–1933)
November 1917 March 1918 4 months
2
Oleksandr Slyvynsky [uk]
Slyvynsky, OleksandrColonel
Oleksandr Slyvynsky [uk]
(1886–1956)
8 February 1918 12 February 1918 4 days
3
Oleksander Osetsky
Osetsky, OleksandrEnsign general
Oleksander Osetsky
(1873–1937)
12 February 1918 August 1919 4 months
Chief of the Headquarters of the UPR Took office Left office Time in office
1
Vasyl Tyutyunnyk [uk]
Tyutyunnyk, VasylEnsign general
Vasyl Tyutyunnyk [uk]
(1890–1919)
1919 8 September 1919 8 days
2
Volodymyr Sinclair
Sinclair, VolodymyrColonel
Volodymyr Sinclair
(1887–1919)
8 September 1919 26 September 1919 18 days
Chief of the General Staff of UPR Took office Left office Time in office
1
Volodymyr Sinclair
Sinclair, VolodymyrColonel
Volodymyr Sinclair
(1887–1919)
28 October 1918 19 August 1921 2 years, 295 days
2
Petrov Vsevolod Nikolayevich
Petrov, VsevolodColonel
Petrov Vsevolod Nikolayevich
(1883–1948)
19 August 1921 June 1922 8 days

West Ukrainian National Republic

Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Galician Army Took office Left office Time in office
1
Dmytro Vitovsky
Vitovsky, DmytroColonel
Dmytro Vitovsky
(1887–1919)
28 October 1918 5 November 1918 8 days
2
Hryhoriy Kossak [uk]
Kossak, HryhoriyColonel
Hryhoriy Kossak [uk]
(1882–1939)
5 November 1918 9 November 1918 4 days
3
Hnat Stefaniv
Stefaniv, HnatColonel
Hnat Stefaniv
(1895–1949)
9 November 1918 10 December 1918 31 days
4
Mykhailo Omelianovych-Pavlenko
Omelianovych-Pavlenko, MykhailoGeneral
Mykhailo Omelianovych-Pavlenko
(1878–1952)
10 December 1918 9 June 1919 181 days
5
Oleksandr Hrekov
Hrekov, OleksanderGeneral
Oleksandr Hrekov
(1875–1958)
[3]
9 June 1919 5 July 1919 26 days
6
Myron Tarnavsky
Tarnavsky, MyronGeneral
Myron Tarnavsky
(1869–1938)
5 July 1919 7 November 1919 125 days
7
Osyp Mykyta [uk]
Mykyta, OsypGeneral
Osyp Mykyta [uk]
(1871–1920)
7 November 1919 12 February 1920 97 days

General Bulawa was a name of the General Staff of Ukraine in 1917-1920[4]

Chief of the General Bulawa Took office Left office Time in office
1
Mykola Marynovych [uk]
Marynovych, MykolaColonel
Mykola Marynovych [uk]
(1861–1944)
1 November 1918 5 November 1918 4 days
2
Semen Goruk [uk]
Goruk, SemenMajor
Semen Goruk [uk]
(1873–1920)
6 November 1918 10 December 1918 35 days
3
Yevhen Myshkovskyi [uk]
Myshkovskyi, YevhenEnsign general
Yevhen Myshkovskyi [uk]
(1882–1920)
10 December 1918 7 February 1919 58 days
4
Viktor Kurmanovych
Kurmanovych, ViktorGeneral
Viktor Kurmanovych
(1876–1945)
8 February 1919 6 June 1919 118 days
5
Karl Stipsitz-Tarnawa [uk]
Stipsitz-Tarnawa, KarlColonel
Karl Stipsitz-Tarnawa [uk]
(1883–1954)
8 June 1919 5 July 1919 27 days
6
Alfred Shamanek [uk]
Shamanek, AlfredColonel
Alfred Shamanek [uk]
(1883–1920)
5 July 1919 7 November 1919 125 days
7
Gustav Ziritz [uk]
Ziritz, GustavMajor general
Gustav Ziritz [uk]
(1872–1920)
8 November 1919 10 February 1920 94 days

Ukrainian Armed Forces

The office created upon the reorganization of the Soviet Kiev Military District when its head, Colonel General Viktor Chechevatov,[5] refused to pledge his allegiance to the people of Ukraine.

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
-
Georgiy Zhyvytsia [uk]
Zhyvytsia, GeorgiyLieutenant General
Georgiy Zhyvytsia [uk]
(1937–2015)
Acting
23 December 1991 4 June 1992 164 days Ground Forces [6]
1
Vasyl Sobkov [uk]
Sobkov, VasylLieutenant General
Vasyl Sobkov [uk]
(born 1944)
4 June 1992 25 September 1992 113 days Ground Forces .
-
Ivan Bizhan [uk]
Bizhan, IvanLieutenant General
Ivan Bizhan [uk]
(born 1941)
Acting
25 September 1992 24 March 1993 180 days Ground Forces .
2
Anatoliy Lopata [uk]
Lopata, AnatoliyColonel General
Anatoliy Lopata [uk]
(born 1940)
24 March 1993 10 February 1996 2 years, 323 days Ground Forces [6][7]
3
Olexandr Zatynaiko [uk]
Zatynaiko, OlexandrColonel General
Olexandr Zatynaiko [uk]
(born 1949)
12 March 1996 30 September 1998 2 years, 202 days Ground Forces [6]
4
Volodymyr Shkidchenko
Shkidchenko, VolodymyrGeneral of Army of Ukraine
Volodymyr Shkidchenko
(born 1949)
1 October 1998 13 November 2001 3 years, 43 days Ground Forces [6]
-
Mykola Palchuk [uk]
Palchuk, MykolaLieutenant General
Mykola Palchuk [uk]
(1945–2016)
Acting
13 November 2001 27 November 2001 14 days Ground Forces .
5
Petro Shuliak [uk]
Shuliak, PetroColonel General
Petro Shuliak [uk]
(born 1945)
27 November 2001 28 July 2002 223 days Ground Forces [6]
(3)
Oleksandr Zatynaiko [uk]
Zatynaiko, OleksandrColonel General
Oleksandr Zatynaiko [uk]
(born 1949)
13 August 2002 3 June 2004 1 year, 295 days Ground Forces [6][8]
6
Serhiy Kirichenko
Kirichenko, SerhiyGeneral of Army of Ukraine
Serhiy Kirichenko
(born 1952)
(tendered his resignation in early October)
19 July 2004 18 November 2009 7 years, 122 days Ground Forces [6][9]
7
Ivan Svyda
Svyda, IvanColonel General
Ivan Svyda
(born 1950)
(submitted a letter of resignation on 29 May 2010)
18 November 2009 31 May 2010 194 days Ground Forces [9][10]
8
Hryhoriy Pedchenko
Pedchenko, HryhoriyColonel General
Hryhoriy Pedchenko
(born 1955)
31 May 2010 18 February 2012 1 year, 263 days Ground Forces [11][12][13]
9
Volodymyr Zamana
Zamana, VolodymyrLieutenant General
Volodymyr Zamana
(born 1959)
18 February 2012 19 February 2014 2 years, 1 day Ground Forces [12][13]
10
Yuriy Ilyin
Ilyin, YuriyAdmiral
Yuriy Ilyin
(born 1962)
19 February 2014 28 February 2014 9 days Navy [14][15]
11
Mykhailo Kutsyn
Kutsyn, MykhailoLieutenant General
Mykhailo Kutsyn
(born 1957)
28 February 2014 3 July 2014 125 days Ground Forces [16]
12
Viktor Muzhenko
Muzhenko, ViktorGeneral of the army of Ukraine
Viktor Muzhenko
(born 1961)
3 July 2014 Incumbent 4 years, 135 days Ground Forces [1][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory, BBC News (3 July 2014)
    President appoints Muzhenko as commander-in-chief of Armed Forces, Ukrinform (3 July 2014)
  2. ^ http://www.nau.kiev.ua/nau10/ukr/getcnt.php?uid=1093.2712.0&nobreak
  3. ^ Army of the Ukrainian National Republic
  4. ^ General Bulawa at the Handbook on history of Ukraine
  5. ^ Viktor Chechevatov (in English)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Ministry of Defense' Army of Ukraine magazine
  7. ^ Новини Управління Прес-служби МО
  8. ^ "Zatynaiko appointed head of Ukraine's General Staff," Interfax, 13 August 2002
  9. ^ a b ru:Педченко, Григорий Николаевич, Kyiv Post (November 14, 2009)
  10. ^ Chief of General Staff Svyda resigns, Kyiv Post (May 29, 2010)
  11. ^ By the Presidential decree №656/2010
  12. ^ a b Yanukovych reshuffles leadership of defense ministry, army, Kyiv Post (18 February 2012)
  13. ^ a b President appoints new Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Archived January 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., President.gov.ua (18 February 2012)
  14. ^ http://gazeta.ua/ru/articles/politics/_anukovich-smenil-glavnokomanduyuschego-vooruzhennyh-sil/542944
  15. ^ Ilyin dismissed as head of Ukraine's General Staff, commander-in-chief of Ukrainian Armed Forces, Interfax-Ukraine (28 February 2014)
  16. ^ Mykhailo Kutsyn appointed chief of general staff - commander-in-chief of Ukrainian army, Interfax-Ukraine (28 February 2014)
  17. ^ Poroshenko appointed the new chief of General Staff. Ukrayinska Pravda. July 3, 2014
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