Famous Ukrainian Men

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Wladimir Klitschko
(Ukrainian Former Professional Boxer and One of the Best Heavyweight Champions of All Time)
Wladimir Klitschko
60
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey, Kazakhstan

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.

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Sergei Prokofiev
(Composer and pianist)
Sergei Prokofiev
31
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krasne, Ukraine
Died: March 5, 1953

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.

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Vasyl Lomachenko
(One of the Most Successful Amateur Boxers of All Time)
Vasyl Lomachenko
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Birthdate: February 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is widely regarded as the most popular Ukrainian boxer and one of the most successful amateur boxers ever with an impressive record of 396 wins and 1 loss. Known for his exceptional accuracy, creativity, hand speed, athleticism, footwork, and defense, Lomachenko won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

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Vitali Klitschko
(Politician)
Vitali Klitschko
25
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan
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Volodymyr Zelenskiy
(6th President of Ukraine (Since 2019))
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
34
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelensky is the incumbent president of Ukraine. A qualified lawyer, he initially owned a production company. He also played the Ukrainian president in the series Servant of the People and was a comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. His secret phone call with Donald Trump led to Trump’s first impeachment.
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Andriy Shevchenko
(Football Player, Manager)
Andriy Shevchenko
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Birthdate: September 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dvirkivshchyna, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional footballer who played for the Ukraine national team. One of the greatest Ukrainian football players of all time, Shevchenko scored 48 goals for his national team, making him the all-time top-scorer for Ukraine. He is also only the third Ukrainian to receive the prestigious Ballon d'Or. He is currently serving as Ukraine's head coach.

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Oleksandr Usyk
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Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine
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Jan Koum
(Co-Founder and Former CEO of ‘WhatsApp’)
Jan Koum
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Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

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Vitas
(Ukrainian-Russian Singer, Songwriter and Actor Known for His Unique Falsetto and His Eclectic Musical Style)
Vitas
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Birthdate: February 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Vitas is a Ukrainian-Russian actor, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his eclectic musical style and unique falsetto, Vitas has performed with well-known labels like Universal Music Group. He often incorporates elements of folk, classical, jazz, techno, dance, and operatic pop into his music.

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Vladimir Horowitz
(Classical pianist)
Vladimir Horowitz
10
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989
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Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)
Stepan Bandera
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Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959
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Vaslav Nijinsky
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer and One of the Greatest Male Dancers of All Time)
Vaslav Nijinsky
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Birthdate: March 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: April 8, 1950

Vaslav Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and choreographer. He is counted among the greatest male dancers of the early 20th century. He was known for the intensity of his characterizations. He was brilliant and could dance en pointe, a rare skill few male dancers of his era possessed. He suffered from mental health issues in his later life. 

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Andriy Yarmolenko
(Football Forward, Winger)
Andriy Yarmolenko
12
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Sergey Bubka
(Former Soviet-Ukrainian Pole Vaulter Who Broke the World Record for Men's Pole Vault 35 Times)
Sergey Bubka
11
Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.

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Semion Mogilevich
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Birthdate: June 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyiv

Semion Mogilevich is an organized crime boss from Russia. Widely described as the boss of bosses, Mogilevich is believed to control the operations of a vast criminal empire. Even though the FBI considers him the most dangerous mobster, Semion Mogilevich lives freely in Moscow, thanks to his close alliances with important Ukrainian and Russian political figures, including Vladimir Putin.

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Vladimir the Great
(Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir the Great
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Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015
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Louis B. Mayer
(Film Producer)
Louis B. Mayer
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Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957
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Nestor Makhno
(Ukrainian Anarchist Revolutionary and the Commander of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine)
Nestor Makhno
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Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hulyaipole, Ukraine
Died: July 25, 1934
Remembered for his guerrilla tactics, his Robin Hood image, and his Black Army that kept the Red and White armies away from a part of Ukraine, Nestor Makhno lost his father as an infant. He began working on farms at age 7 and grew up to be an anarchist revolutionary. 
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Valentin Chmerkovskiy
(Professional Dancer and Choreographer)
Valentin Chmerkovskiy
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Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

Ukrainian-American professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy is best known for his appearances in the US version of the reality dance competition TV show Dancing with the Stars, which he won twice. A versatile and brilliant dancer, he is also a 14-time US National Latin Dance champion. He is the co-owner of nine social dance studios as well. 

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Yaroslav Amosov
(Mixed martial artists)
Yaroslav Amosov
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Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin', Ukraine
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Nikita Krylov
(Mixed martial artist)
Nikita Krylov
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Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine
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Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: December 13, 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.
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Verka Serduchka
(Comedian)
Verka Serduchka
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Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
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Denis Stoff
(Guitarist and Vocalist of The Ukrainian Metalcore Group 'Make Me Famous')
Denis Stoff
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Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Khartsyz'k, Ukraine

Denis Stoff is a Ukrainian guitarist and vocalist best known for founding the popular metalcore band, Make Me Famous. He is also credited with founding Down & Dirty, which was formed after the dissolution of Make Me Famous. He then joined the British band Asking Alexandria before becoming the lead vocalist for Drag Me Out.

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Taras Shevchenko
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Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861
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Alexey Oleynik
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Alexey Oleynik
4
Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Sergei Magnitsky
(Tax advisor)
Sergei Magnitsky
5
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009
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Yaroslav the Wise
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Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054
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Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Viktor Yushchenko
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Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka
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Yevhen Konoplyanka
(Association football player)
Yevhen Konoplyanka
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Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi
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Vitalii Sediuk
(Reporter)
Vitalii Sediuk
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Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boryspil, Ukraine

Vitalii Sediuk is a name celebrities dread. The Ukrainian former reporter and prankster who crashes red-carpet events made headlines when he crawled under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, eventually losing his job at the TV channel 1+1. He faced legal issues when he broke Brad Pitt’s sunglasses at a premiere.

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Bohdan Khmelnytsky
(Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657))
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
3
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657
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Alex Len
(Basketball player)
Alex Len
8
Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine
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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
(Basketball player)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
5
Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine
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Baal Shem Tov
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Birthdate: August 25, 1698
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Okopy, Ukraine
Died: May 22, 1760
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Leonid Kravchuk
(Former President of Ukraine)
Leonid Kravchuk
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Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn
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Anatoly Onoprienko
(Serial Killer)
Anatoly Onoprienko
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Birthdate: July 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zhytomyr
Died: August 27, 2013
Anatoly Onoprienko, also known as The Beast of Ukraine and Citizen O, had grown up in an orphanage after his mother’s death. The Ukrainian serial killer then worked as a sailor and studied forestry, before going on a killing spree that claimed the lives of 52 people. 
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Semyon Timoshenko
(Military commander)
Semyon Timoshenko
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Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970
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Eugene Hutz
(Singer)
Eugene Hutz
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Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boyarka, Ukraine
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy
(Choreographer)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
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Igor Vovchanchyn
(Retired mixed martial artist and kickboxer, who competed in early no holds barred MMA contests)
Igor Vovchanchyn
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Birthdate: August 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zolochiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
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Vladimir Kozlov
(Wrestler)
Vladimir Kozlov
5
Birthdate: April 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Mykola Leontovych
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Birthdate: December 13, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monastyrysche, Ukraine
Died: January 23, 1921
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Symon Petlura
(Politician and Journalist)
Symon Petlura
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Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1926
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Oleksii Novikov
(Strongman, Athlete)
Oleksii Novikov
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Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Alexander Vindman
(Military officer)
Alexander Vindman
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Birthdate: June 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Alexander Vindman served as the Director for European Affairs for the United States NSC under Donald Trump. He testified against Trump in his impeachment case in 2019 and subsequently resigned from his military post, citing political bullying by the Trump administration as one of the reasons.

Leonid Brezhnev
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Birthdate: December 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: November 10, 1982
Leonid Brezhnev served as the leader of the Soviet Union, as the general secretary of the Communist Party, from 1964 to 1982, and as the chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1977 to 1982. His reign is significant for its rampant corruption and economic stagnation. 
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Sergei Polunin
(Ballet Dancer)
Sergei Polunin
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Birthdate: November 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine

Sergei Polunin is a Soviet-born ballet dancer, model, and actor. He is of mixed ethnicity, but has "always regarded himself as Russian". He started training in gymnastics at the age of four and then switched to ballet. At 19, he became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix de Lausanne. 

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John Demjanjuk
(War Criminal)
John Demjanjuk
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Birthdate: April 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dubovi Makharyntsi, Berdychiv uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Ukrainian People's Republic
Died: March 17, 2012
John Demjanjuk was a Trawniki man and a Nazi concentration camp guard at Sobibor, Majdanek, and Flossenbürg. He was part of a highly publicized trial that convicted him for committing atrocities as the infamous Treblinka guard “Ivan the Terrible.” However, lack of any strong evidence suggested he had been misidentified
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Sergei Bondarchuk
(Soviet Actor, Film Director and One of the Leading Personalities of Russian Cinema from the 1950s to 1970s)
Sergei Bondarchuk
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Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belozerka, Ukraine
Died: October 20, 1994

Sergei Bondarchuk was a Soviet and Russian actor, screenwriter, and film director. One of the leading personalities of Russian cinema during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Bondarchuk is best remembered for his period dramas, including War and Peace and Waterloo. Sergei Bondarchuk's work earned him numerous international accolades, including the Golden Globe Award.