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Mykhailo Kutsyn
Native name Михайло Миколайовича Куцин
Birth name Mykhailo Mykolayovych Kutsyn
Born 15 August 1957(1957-08-15) (age 63)
Place of birth Svoboda, Berehove Raion,
Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine
Allegiance Soviet Union Soviet Union (1978–1992)
Ukraine Ukraine (1992–present)
Service/branch Red star with hammer and sickle Soviet Army
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces Ukrainian Ground Forces
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands held Western Operational Command
(2004–2010)
Armed Forces of Ukraine
(2014)

Mykhailo Mykolayovych Kutsyn (born 15 August 1957) is Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[1][2][3]

A graduate of tank school, Kutsyn served with the Soviet Army in Kharkiv, Belarus and Germany. He enlisted in the Ukrainian Ground Forces after the nation gained independence in 1991, and was head of the Western Operational Command for six years, before being appointed Deputy Minister of Defence in March 2010. He was appointed to his current position by acting president Oleksandr Turchynov on 28 February 2014.[1][4]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 2nd Class of Ukraine Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 2nd class (2008)[5]
Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd Class of Ukraine Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd class (2005)[6]
Medal For military service to Ukraine ribbon Medal For Military Service to Ukraine (1997)[7]
CombatRibbon Medal for Battle Merit (Soviet award)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mykhailo Kutsyn appointed commander-in-chief of Ukrainian army". 28 February 2014. http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/mykhailo-kutsyn-appointed-commander-in-chief-of-ukrainian-army-337965.html. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. "Ukraine Finds Its Forces Are Ill Equipped to Take Crimea Back From Russia". 1 March 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/world/europe/ukraine-finds-its-forces-are-ill-equipped-to-take-crimea-back-from-russia.html?_r=0. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. "Михайло Куцин призначений начальником Генштабу". 1 March 2014. http://newsradio.com.ua/2014_02_28/Mihajlo-Kucin-priznachenij-nachalnikom-Genshtabu/. Retrieved 3 March 2014.  (Ukrainian)
  4. "Главнокомандующим Вооруженных сил Украины стал генерал-"танкист" Куцин". 28 February 2014. http://ru.tsn.ua/politika/glavnokomanduyuschim-vooruzhennyh-sil-ukrainy-stal-tankist-po-obrazovaniyu-kucin-352148.html. Retrieved 8 March 2014.  (Ukrainian)
  5. "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАИНЫ № 745/2008". Official Website of the Acting President of Ukraine. http://www.president.gov.ua/ru/documents/8237.html. Retrieved 7 March 2014.  (Ukrainian)
  6. "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 1185/2005". Official Website of the Acting President of Ukraine. http://president.gov.ua/documents/3094.html. Retrieved 7 March 2014.  (Ukrainian)
  7. "Президент України; Указ від 30.09.1997 № 1081/97". Official Website of the Ukrainian Parliament. http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/1081/97. Retrieved 7 March 2014.  (Ukrainian)

External linksEdit

  • Profile at the Official Website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (Ukrainian)


Military offices
Preceded by
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Commander of the Western Operation Command
2004 - 2010
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Yuriy Ilyin
Chief of the General Staff
2014
Incumbent

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