Chief of the General Staff (Ukraine)

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 Ruslan Khomchak.[3] The Chief of the General Staff also serves concurrently as the Commander in Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Ukrainian: Головнокомандувач Збройних сил України), a position just second to the Supreme Commander in Chief.

Chief of the General Staff
Ukrainian: Начальник Генерального штабу
Sleeve patch of the General Staff
Flag of the Chief of the General Staff
Incumbent
Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak

since 21 May 2019
Ministry of Defence
Member ofGeneral Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Reports toMinister of Defence
AppointerPresident of Ukraine
FormationApril 1918 (historical)
23 December 1991 (current)
First holderColonel Oleksandr Slyvynsky

Chiefs of Staff

Ukrainian Armed Forces

The office created upon the reorganization of the Soviet Kiev Military District when its head, Colonel General Viktor Chechevatov,[4] refused to pledge his allegiance to the people of Ukraine.

No. Chief of the General StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branchRef
-
Zhyvytsia, GeorgiyLieutenant General
Georgiy Zhyvytsia
(1937–2015)
Acting
23 December 19914 June 1992164 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5]
1
Sobkov, VasylLieutenant General
Vasyl Sobkov
(born 1944)
4 June 199225 September 1992113 days Ukrainian Ground Forces.
-
Bizhan, IvanLieutenant General
Ivan Bizhan
(born 1941)
Acting
25 September 199224 March 1993180 days Ukrainian Ground Forces.
2
Lopata, AnatoliyColonel General
Anatoliy Lopata
(born 1940)
24 March 199310 February 19962 years, 323 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5][6]
3
Zatynaiko, OlexandrColonel General
Olexandr Zatynaiko
(born 1949)
12 March 199630 September 19982 years, 202 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5]
4
Shkidchenko, VolodymyrGeneral of Army of Ukraine
Volodymyr Shkidchenko
(born 1948)
1 October 199813 November 20013 years, 43 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5]
-
Palchuk, MykolaLieutenant General
Mykola Palchuk
(1945–2016)
Acting
13 November 200127 November 200114 days Ukrainian Ground Forces.
5
Shuliak, PetroColonel General
Petro Shuliak
(born 1945)
27 November 200128 July 2002223 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5]
(3)
Zatynaiko, OleksandrColonel General
Oleksandr Zatynaiko
(born 1949)
13 August 20023 June 20041 year, 295 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5][7]
6
Kirichenko, SerhiyGeneral of Army of Ukraine
Serhiy Kirichenko
(born 1952)
(tendered his resignation in early October)
19 July 200418 November 20097 years, 122 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[5][8]
7
Svyda, IvanColonel General
Ivan Svyda
(born 1950)
(submitted a letter of resignation on 29 May 2010)
18 November 200931 May 2010194 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[8][9]
8
Pedchenko, HryhoriyColonel General
Hryhoriy Pedchenko
(born 1955)
31 May 201018 February 20121 year, 263 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[10][11][12]
9
Zamana, VolodymyrLieutenant General
Volodymyr Zamana
(born 1959)
18 February 201219 February 20142 years, 1 day Ukrainian Ground Forces[11][12]
10
Ilyin, YuriyAdmiral
Yuriy Ilyin
(born 1962)
19 February 201428 February 20149 days Ukrainian Navy[13][14]
11
Kutsyn, MykhailoLieutenant General
Mykhailo Kutsyn
(born 1957)
28 February 20143 July 2014125 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[15]
12
Muzhenko, ViktorGeneral of the army of Ukraine
Viktor Muzhenko
(born 1961)
3 July 201421 May 20194 years, 322 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[1][3]
13
Khomchak, RuslanLieutenant General
Ruslan Khomchak
(born 1967)
21 May 2019Incumbent196 days Ukrainian Ground Forces[3]

Historical offices

Ukrainian People's Republic

Ukrainian General Staff
No. Chief of the Ukrainian General StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in office
1
Bobrovsky, BorysMajor General
Borys Bobrovsky
(1868–1933)
November 1917March 19184 months
2
Slyvynsky, OleksandrColonel
Oleksandr Slyvynsky
(1886–1956)
8 February 191812 February 19184 days
3
Osetsky, OleksandrEnsign general
Oleksander Osetsky
(1873–1937)
12 February 1918August 19194 months
Headquarters of the UPR
No. Chief of the Headquarters of the UPRTook officeLeft officeTime in office
1
Tyutyunnyk, VasylEnsign general
Vasyl Tyutyunnyk
(1890–1919)
19198 September 19198 days
2
Sinclair, VolodymyrColonel
Volodymyr Sinclair
(1887–1919)
8 September 191926 September 191918 days
General Staff of UPR
No. Chief of the General Staff of UPRTook officeLeft officeTime in office
1
Sinclair, VolodymyrColonel
Volodymyr Sinclair
(1887–1919)
28 October 191819 August 19212 years, 295 days
2
Petrov, VsevolodColonel
Petrov Vsevolod Nikolayevich
(1883–1948)
19 August 1921June 19228 days

West Ukrainian National Republic

Ukrainian Galician Army
No. Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Galician ArmyTook officeLeft officeTime in office
1
Vitovsky, DmytroColonel
Dmytro Vitovsky
(1887–1919)
28 October 19185 November 19188 days
2
Kossak, HryhoriyColonel
Hryhoriy Kossak
(1882–1939)
5 November 19189 November 19184 days
3
Stefaniv, HnatColonel
Hnat Stefaniv
(1895–1949)
9 November 191810 December 191831 days
4
Omelianovych-Pavlenko, MykhailoGeneral
Mykhailo Omelianovych-Pavlenko
(1878–1952)
10 December 19189 June 1919181 days
5
Hrekov, OleksanderGeneral
Oleksandr Hrekov
(1875–1958)
[16]
9 June 19195 July 191926 days
6
Tarnavsky, MyronGeneral
Myron Tarnavsky
(1869–1938)
5 July 19197 November 1919125 days
7
Mykyta, OsypGeneral
Osyp Mykyta
(1871–1920)
7 November 191912 February 192097 days
General Bulawa

General Bulawa was a name of the General Staff of Ukraine in 1917-1920[17]

No. Chief of the General BulawaTook officeLeft officeTime in office
1
Marynovych, MykolaColonel
Mykola Marynovych
(1861–1944)
1 November 19185 November 19184 days
2
Goruk, SemenMajor
Semen Goruk
(1873–1920)
6 November 191810 December 191835 days
3
Myshkovskyi, YevhenEnsign general
Yevhen Myshkovskyi
(1882–1920)
10 December 19187 February 191958 days
4
Kurmanovych, ViktorGeneral
Viktor Kurmanovych
(1876–1945)
8 February 19196 June 1919118 days
5
Stipsitz-Tarnawa, KarlColonel
Karl Stipsitz-Tarnawa
(1883–1954)
8 June 19195 July 191927 days
6
Shamanek, AlfredColonel
Alfred Shamanek
(1883–1920)
5 July 19197 November 1919125 days
7
Ziritz, GustavMajor general
Gustav Ziritz
(1872–1920)
8 November 191910 February 192094 days

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