Chief of the General Staff (Ukraine)

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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

General Bulawa

General Bulawa was a name of the General Staff of Ukraine in 1917-1920[3]

West Ukrainian National Republic

Ukrainian Military Committee (September - November 1918)[5]

Ukrainian Armed Forces

The office created upon the reorganization of the Soviet Kiev Military District when its head, Colonel General Viktor Chechevatov,[7] refused to pledge his allegiance to the people of Ukraine.


  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)
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  3. ^ General Bulawa at the Handbook on history of Ukraine
  4. ^ журнал "Воєнна історія" #1 за 2003 рік Старшинський корпус армії УНР періоду Директорії
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Ukraine (in English)
  6. ^ Army of the Ukrainian National Republic
  7. ^ Viktor Chechevatov (in English)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ministry of Defense' Army of Ukraine magazine
  9. ^ Новини Управління Прес-служби МО
  10. ^ a b c "Zatynaiko appointed head of Ukraine's General Staff," Interfax, 13 August 2002
  11. ^ a b ru:Педченко, Григорий Николаевич, Kyiv Post (November 14, 2009)
  12. ^ Chief of General Staff Svyda resigns, Kyiv Post (May 29, 2010)
  13. ^ By the Presidential decree №656/2010
  14. ^ a b Yanukovych reshuffles leadership of defense ministry, army, Kyiv Post (18 February 2012)
  15. ^ a b President appoints new Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Archived January 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., (18 February 2012)
  16. ^
  17. ^ Ilyin dismissed as head of Ukraine's General Staff, commander-in-chief of Ukrainian Armed Forces, Interfax-Ukraine (28 February 2014)
  18. ^ Mykhailo Kutsyn appointed chief of general staff - commander-in-chief of Ukrainian army, Interfax-Ukraine (28 February 2014)
  19. ^ Poroshenko appointed the new chief of General Staff. Ukrayinska Pravda. July 3, 2014
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