Prosecutor General of Ukraine

The Prosecutor General of Ukraine (also Attorney General of Ukraine, Ukrainian: Генеральний прокурор України) heads the system of official prosecution in courts known as the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Генеральна прокуратура України). The term of authority of the Prosecutor is six years.[3] She or he is appointed and dismissed by the president with parliamentary consent.[4] Parliament can force the Prosecutor General to resign after a vote of no-confidence.[4]

Prosecutor General of Ukraine (Генеральна прокуратура України)
Seal of Prosecutor General
Flag of Prosecutor General
Agency overview
Formed1 December 1991
JurisdictionConstitution of Ukraine
Headquarters13/15, Riznytska st, Kiev [1]
Motto"Закон. Честь. Гідність." ("Law. Honour. Dignity.")
Employees15,000 (2017)
Agency executive
WebsiteOfficial website
Prosecutor General of Ukraine
Генеральний прокурор України
Ruslan Riaboshapka[2]

since 29 August 2019[2]
AppointerPresident of Ukraine
with parliamentary consent
Term lengthSix years
Constituting instrumentConstitution Article 122
Inaugural holderDmytro Markevych (originally) / Viktor Shyshkin (acting)
FormationJan 18, 1918 (originally) / Nov 5, 1991 (post-declaration)
DeputyFirst Deputy

The current Prosecutor General is since 29 August 2019 Ruslan Riaboshapka[2]

There are seven more additional deputies to the Prosecutor General.


The Office of the Prosecutor General is entrusted with:

  1. prosecution in court on behalf of the State;
  2. representation of the interests of a citizen or of the State in court in cases determined by law;
  3. supervision of the observance of laws by bodies that conduct detective and search activity, inquiry and pre-trial investigation;
  4. supervision of the observance of laws in the execution of judicial decisions in criminal cases, and also in the application of other measures of coercion related to the restraint of personal liberty of citizens.

The Prosecutor General is appointed to office by the President of Ukraine with the consent of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament).[5] The Prosecutor is dismissed from office by the President.[5] The Verkhovna Rada may express no confidence in the Prosecutor which will results, after a required number of votes is achieved,[4] in their resignation from office.[5]

Duties and powers

Both in theory and in practice, the Prosecutor General and their office wield considerable power.[6] (For instance, only the Prosecutor General and the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine may file requests to the Verkhovna Rada to withhold the immunity of deputies from detainment or arrest.) This is a legacy of the Soviet Union state prosecutor’s office founded in 1937 of which the current Prosecutor General office is the successor.[6] After Ukraine's independence in 1991 many of the Prosecutor General office functions were expanded.[6] In 2016 the powers of the Prosecutor General office were decreased and (starting in January 2017[3]) limited[6] to:

  • Organization and leadership of pre-trial investigations;[6]
  • Support of public prosecution in the courts;[6] and
  • Representation of the state’s interest in the courts, according to the law.[6]

On annual basis the Prosecutor General has to report to the Verkhovna Rada about the legal situation in the country.

The Prosecutor General creates a collegiate council consisting out of the Prosecutor General, their first and other deputies, the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea[nb 1], and other leaders of prosecution agencies.

The independent agency General Inspectorate oversees "the legality of actions undertaken by prosecutors and investigators of the whole prosecution system".[10]

Supporting agencies

  • National Academy of Prosecution of Ukraine

List of Prosecutors General

This list shows prosecutors of independent Ukraine. In the absence of the Prosecutor General, the office is headed by their First Deputy as the acting Prosecutor General.

Prior to January 2017 the term of authority of the Prosecutor was five years.[3] Since January 2017 this was increased to six years.[3]

# Prosecutor General of Ukraine Name
1 September 4, 1991 — October 21, 1993 Viktor Shyshkin
2 October 21, 1993 — October 19, 1995 Vladyslav Datsiuk
3 October 19, 1995 — July 22, 1997 Hryhoriy Vorsinov
act July 22, 1997 — April 24, 1998 Oleh Lytvak
act April 24, 1998 — July 17, 1998 Bohdan Ferents
4 July 17, 1998 — April 30, 2002 Mykhailo Potebenko
April 30, 2002 — July 6, 2002 unknown
5 July 6, 2002 — October 29, 2003 Sviatoslav Piskun
October 29, 2003 — November 18, 2003 unknown
6 November 18, 2003 — December 9, 2004 Hennadiy Vasylyev
7 December 10, 2004 — October 14, 2005 Sviatoslav Piskun
October 14, 2005 — November 4, 2005 unknown
8 November 4, 2005 — April 26, 2007 Oleksandr Medvedko
9 April 26, 2007 — May 24, 2007 Sviatoslav Piskun
act May 24, 2007 — June 1, 2007 Viktor Shemchuk
10 June 1, 2007 — November 3, 2010 Oleksandr Medvedko
11 November 4, 2010 — February 22, 2014 Viktor Pshonka
comm February 22, 2014 — February 24, 2014 Oleh Makhnitsky[11]
act February 24, 2014[12] — June 18, 2014[13] Oleh Makhnitsky(1)
12 June 19, 2014[14] — February 11, 2015 Vitaly Yarema
13 February 11, 2015[15] — March 29, 2016[16](2) Viktor Shokin
act March 29, 2016(3) — 12 May 2016 Yuriy Sevruk
14 May 12, 2016 — August 29, 2019[2] Yuriy Lutsenko

The current Prosecutor General since 29 August 2019 is Ruslan Riaboshapka[2]


  • act — acting
  • comm — Parliamentary commissioner


  • ^(1) Makhnitskyi served as acting Prosecutor by being appointed by the acting President of Ukraine. Makhnitskyi is also the only head of the office in the post-Soviet Ukraine who served as a parliamentary commissioner.
  • ^(2) Shokin was set to be formally dismissed since February 16, 2016[4][17] after submitting a letter of resignation and taking a vacation.[18] On March 16 Shokin returned to his duties as if he never submitted any letters of resignation.[19] He was formally dismissed in a parliamentary vote on 29 March 2016.[20]
  • ^(3) Yuriy Sevruk served as acting Prosecutor being the First Deputy General Prosecutor until the official appointment of a new Prosecutor General.[19]


Shoulder Insignia
Rank Jurist, 3rd class Jurist, 2nd class Jurist, 1st class Junior Councillor of Justice Councillor of Justice Senior Councillor of Justice State Councillor
of Justice, 3rd class
State Councillor
of Justice, 2nd class
State Councillor
of Justice, 1st class
State Councillor
of Justice of Ukraine

See also


  1. Since the 2014 Crimean crisis, the status of the Crimea and of the city of Sevastopol is under dispute between Russia and Ukraine; Ukraine and the majority of the international community considers the Crimea and Sevastopol an integral part of Ukraine, while Russia, on the other hand, considers the Crimea and Sevastopol an integral part of Russia, with Sevastopol functioning as a federal city within the Crimean Federal District.[7][8][9]


This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Ukraine portal
  1. "Official website of the authority. Contact Us". 2017.
  2. The new Attorney General was a former NAPC member, Ukrayinska Pravda (29 August 2019)
  3. (in Ukrainian) The law on the High Council of Justice earned, Ukrayinska Pravda (5 January 2016)
  4. Chief prosecutor Shokin back to work – source, Interfax-Ukraine (16 March 2016)
  5. Chief prosecutor Shokin on leave – PGO, Interfax-Ukraine (17 February 2016)
  6. Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine passed: Ukraine takes a major step towards a European System of Justice, Lexology (9 June 2016)
  7. Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  8. Ukraine crisis timeline, BBC News
  9. UN General Assembly adopts resolution affirming Ukraine's territorial integrity, China Central Television (28 March 2014)
  10. U.S. prosecutor tasked with selecting officers to oversee prosecutors' actions, UNIAN (9 August 2016)
  11. On appointment of Makhnitsky O.I. the Commissioner to monitor the activities of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. RESOLUTION of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine № 760-VII. February 22, 2014
  12. On appointment of O.Makhnitsky as acting General Prosecutor of Ukraine. DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE № 91/2014. February 24, 2014
  13. Ukrainian president dismisses Makhnitsky as acting prosecutor general, Interfax-Ukraine (18 June 2014)
  14. MPs agree to Yarema's appointment as prosecutor general, Interfax-Ukraine (19 June 2014)
  15. Ukrainian parliament backs nomination of Shokin as prosecutor general, Interfax-Ukraine (10 February 2015)
  16. Rada agreed to dismiss Shokin. Ukrayinska Pravda. 29 March 2016
  17. Profile committee recommends parliament back prosecutor general's resignation, Interfax-Ukraine (16 March 2016)
  18. The Prosecutor General Office: Shokin wrote a resignation letter, but at this time he is on vacations. Ukrayinska Pravda. 29 March 2016
  19. The office of Prosecutor General explained who will be an acting Prosecutor General. Ukrayinska Pravda. 29 March 2016
  20. Rada agrees to dismiss Ukrainian Prosecutor General Shokin, Interfax-Ukraine (29 March 2016)
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