Leaders of Ukraine

Posted May 30, 2011
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  1. Nikita Khrushchev

    Nikita Khrushchev


    Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (April 15 [O.S. April 3] 1894 – September 11, 1971) was a politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Khrushchev's party colleagues removed him from power in 1964, replacing him with Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary and Alexei Kosygin as Premier.

  2. Stanislav Kosior

    Stanislav Kosior


    Stanislav Vikentyevich Kosior, sometimes spelled Kossior (Russian: Станисла́в Вике́нтьевич Косио́р, Ukrainian: Станіслав Вікентійович Косіор, Polish: Stanisław Kosior) (18 November [O.S. 6 November] 1889 – 26 February 1939) was one of three Kosior brothers, Polish-born Soviet politicians. He was General Secretary of the Ukrainian Communist Party, deputy prime minister of the USSR and member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). He is considered one of the principal architects of the Ukrainian famine of 1932 to 1933, known as the Holodomor in Ukraine. He was executed during the Great Purge.

  3. Viktor Yanukovych

    Viktor Yanukovych


    Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych (Ukrainian: Ві́ктор Фе́дорович Януко́вич,  listen ; Russian: Виктор Фёдорович Янукович; born 9 July 1950) is a Ukrainian politician who served as the fourth President of Ukraine from February 2010 until his removal from power in February 2014. Yanukovych served as the governor of Donetsk Oblast, a province in eastern Ukraine, from 1997 to 2002. He was Prime Minister of Ukraine from 21 November 2002 to 31 December 2004, under President Leonid Kuchma. Yanukovych first ran for president in 2004: he advanced to the runoff election, and initially defeated his opponent. However, the election was fraught with allegations of fraud and voter intimidation. This caused widespread citizen protests and Kiev's Independence Square was occupied in what became known as the Orange Revolution. The Ukrainian Supreme Court nullified the runoff election, and ordered a second runoff. Yanukovych lost this second runoff election to Viktor Yushchenko. Yanukovych served as Prime Minister for a second time from 4 August 2006 to 18 December 2007, under President Yushchenko.

  4. Petro Shelest

    Petro Shelest


    Petro Yukhymovych Shelest (Ukrainian: Петро Юхимович Шелест; Russian: Пётр Ефи́мович Ше́лест) (February 14, 1908 – January 22, 1996) was the First Secretary of the Communist party in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR.

  5. Symon Petliura

    Symon Petliura


    Symon Vasylyovych Petliura (Ukrainian: Си́мон Васи́льович Петлю́ра, Russian: Симо́н Васи́льевич Петлю́ра; May 10, 1879 – May 25, 1926) was a publicist, writer, journalist, Ukrainian politician, statesman of the Ukrainian People's Republic, and nationalist leader who led Ukraine's struggle for independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917 (1918–1921).

  6. Dmitry Manuilsky

    Dmitry Manuilsky


    Dmitriy Manuilsky, or Dmytro Zakharovych Manuilsky (3 October 1883 in Sviatets near Kremenets – 22 February 1959 in Kiev) was an important Bolshevik.

  7. Mykhailo Hrushevskyi

    Mykhailo Hrushevskyi


    Mykhailo Serhiyovych Hrushevsky (Ukrainian: Михайло Сергійович Грушевський, Russian: Михаил Сергеевич Грушевский , Chełm, 29 September [O.S. 17 September] 1866 – Kislovodsk, 24 November 1934) was a Ukrainian academician, politician, historian, and statesman, one of the most important figures of the Ukrainian national revival of the early 20th century. He was the country's greatest modern historian, foremost organizer of scholarship, leader of the pre-revolution Ukrainian national movement, head of the Central Rada (Ukraine's 1917–1918 revolutionary parliament), and a leading cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s. He died under suspicious circumstances during Stalin's purges in 1934.

  8. Lazar Kaganovich

    Lazar Kaganovich


    Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (Russian: Ла́зарь Моисе́евич Кагано́вич; 22 November [O.S. 10 November] 1893 – 25 July 1991) was a Soviet politician and administrator and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin. At his death in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik. The Soviet Union itself outlived him by a mere five months.

  9. Petro Poroshenko

    Petro Poroshenko


    Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko (Ukrainian: Петро́ Олексі́йович Пороше́нко. It is pronounced born 26 September 1965) is the fifth and current President of Ukraine, in office since 2014. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.

  10. Vladimir Ivashko

    Vladimir Ivashko


    Vladimir Antonovich Ivashko (Russian: Влади́мир Анто́нович Ива́шко; Ukrainian: Володимир Антонович Івашко) (28 October 1932 – 13 November 1994), was briefly the acting General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) during the period from 24 August 1991 to 29 August 1991. On 24 August Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, and on 29 August the CPSU was suspended by the Supreme Soviet. Before becoming General Secretary he had been voted Gorbachev's Deputy General Secretary within the Party on 12 July 1990, a newly created position as a result of the 28th Congress of the Communist Party

  11. Nikolai Podgorny

    Nikolai Podgorny


    Nikolai Viktorovich Podgorny (Russian: Никола́й Ви́кторович Подго́рный; Ukrainian: Микола Вікторович Підгорний; 18 February [O.S. 5 February] 1903 – 11 January 1983) was a Soviet statesman during the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine from 1957 to 1963 and as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1965 to 1977. He was replaced as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in 1977 by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. That same year he lost his seat in the Political Bureau (Politburo) and was forced to resign from active politics.

  12. Kost Levytsky

    Kost Levytsky


    Kost Levytsky (Ukrainian: Кость Леви́цький; 1859 – 1941) was a Ukrainian politician. He was a founder of the Ukrainian National Democratic movement and the leader of the State Representative Body of the Ukrainian government declared on June 30, 1941

  13. Georgy Pyatakov

    Georgy Pyatakov


    Georgy (Yury) Leonidovich Pyatakov (Russian: Георгий Леонидович Пятаков; August 6, 1890 – January 30, 1937) was a Bolshevik revolutionary leader during the Russian Revolution, and member of the Left Opposition.

  14. Viktor Yushchenko

    Viktor Yushchenko


    Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko (Ukrainian: Ві́ктор Андрі́йович Ю́щенко; born February 23, 1954) is a Ukrainian politician who was the third President of Ukraine from 23 January 2005 to 25 February 2010.

  15. Mykola Plaviuk

    Mykola Plaviuk


    Mykola Vasyliovych Plaviuk (Ukrainian: Микола Васильович Плав'юк; June 5, 1925 – March 10, 2012) was a Ukrainian social and political activist in emigration, who had served as the last President of the Ukrainian People's Republic in exile. He terminated his authority on August 22, 1992, when he formally ceded his authority to the first President of independent Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk.

  16. Volodymyr Vynnychenko

    Volodymyr Vynnychenko


    Volodymyr Kyrylovych Vynnychenko (Ukrainian: Володимир Кирилович Винниченко, July 26 [O.S. July 14] 1880 – March 6, 1951) was a Ukrainian statesman, political activist, writer, playwright, artist.

  17. Oleksandr Turchynov

    Oleksandr Turchynov


    Oleksandr Valentynovych Turchynov (Ukrainian: Олександр Валентинович Турчинов; born 31 March 1964) is a Ukrainian politician, screenwriter, and economist. He is the current Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.

  18. Grigory Petrovsky

    Grigory Petrovsky


    Grigory Ivanovich Petrovsky (Russian: Григо́рий Ива́нович Петро́вский, Ukrainian: Григорій Іванович Петровський Hryhoriy Ivanovych Petrovsky) (3 February 1878 - 9 January 1958) was one of the most prominent Russian revolutionaries of Ukrainian origin, He also was participant in the signing two of the most important documents in the Soviet history: the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, as well as one of organizers of agricultural collectivization and the genocidal 1932-33 famine. in Ukraine.

  19. Stepan Vytvytskyi

    Stepan Vytvytskyi


    Stepan Vytvytskyi or Dr. Stepan Wytwycky (Ukrainian: Степан Витвицький) (13 March 1884 near Stanislawow — 9 October 1965 in New York City, United States) was a Ukrainian politician, diplomat, and journalist. He was the President of the Ukrainian People's Republic in exile (1954-1965).

  20. Mykola Livytskyi

    Mykola Livytskyi


    Mykola Andriyovych Livytsky (Ukrainian: Микола Андрійович Лівицький; 7 January 1907 – 8 December 1989) was a Ukrainian politician and journalist. He was the Prime Minister (1957–1967) and the President of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR) in exile (1967–1989).

  21. Volodymyr Shcherbytsky

    Volodymyr Shcherbytsky


    Volodymyr Vasylyovych Shcherbytsky (Ukrainian: Володи́мир Васи́льович Щерби́цький, Russian: Влади́мир Васи́льевич Щерби́цкий; 17 February 1918, Verkhnodniprovsk — 16 February 1990) was a Ukrainian and Soviet politician. He was a leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine from 1972 to 1989. During World War II, he participated in the invasion of Iran by the Soviet forces (see Iran crisis of 1946).

  22. Pavlo Skoropadskyi

    Pavlo Skoropadskyi


    Pavlo Petrovych Skoropadskyi (Ukrainian: Павло Петрович Скоропадський; Russian: Павел Петрович Скоропадский, Pavel Petrovič Skoropadskij; German: Paul Petrowitsch Skoropadskyj; 3 May 1873 – 26 April 1945) was a Ukrainian aristocrat, military and state leader, decorated Imperial Russian Army and Ukrainian Army general of Cossack heritage. Skoropadsky became a conservative leader in Ukraine following the Russian Revolution of 1917, a founder of a hetman dynasty and Hetman of Ukraine.

  23. Yukhym Medvedev

    Yukhym Medvedev


    Yukhym Medvedev (Ukrainian: Юхим Медведєв, Russian: Ефим Григорьевич Медведев) (1 April 1886–7 June 1938) was the first elected chairman of the Soviet parliament in Ukraine. Medvedev was a member of various Communist parties, but in early 1930s quit his political life and committed himself to a civilian life. In January 1938 he was arrested by the State Security police and later that year shot on the grounds of being an anti-Soviet terrorist. In 1957 Medvedev was rehabilitated posthumously.

  24. Valentyna Shevchenko

    Valentyna Shevchenko


    Valentyna Semenivna Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Валентина Семенівна Шевченко; born 12 March 1935 in Kryvy Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Soviet Union) was the Chairman of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR.

  25. Leonid Kuchma

    Leonid Kuchma


    Leonid Danylovych Kuchma (Ukrainian: Леонід Данилович Кучма, born 9 August 1938) was the second President of independent Ukraine from 19 July 1994 to 23 January 2005. Kuchma took office after winning the 1994 presidential election against his rival, incumbent Leonid Kravchuk. Kuchma won re-election for an additional five-year term in 1999.

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