Famous Ukrainian Men

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Wladimir Klitschko
(Former Professional Boxer and One of the Best Heavyweight Champions of All Time)
Wladimir Klitschko
69
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.

 2 
Vasyl Lomachenko
(One of the Most Successful Amateur Boxers of All Time)
Vasyl Lomachenko
32
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.

 3 
Sergei Prokofiev
(Composer and pianist)
Sergei Prokofiev
36
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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 4 
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
(6th President of Ukraine (Since 2019))
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
73
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.
 5 
Oleksandr Usyk
(One of the Greatest Ukrainian Boxers of All Time)
Oleksandr Usyk
45
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is not just a European and World Champion but also an Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of Ukraine’s best boxers in history, he is also the fourth male boxer to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at the same time.

 6 
Vitali Klitschko
(Ukrainian Politician and Former Boxer)
Vitali Klitschko
31
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

Retired Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, who is now a politician and the current mayor of Kyiv, is also known for his 6’7” frame. He was once the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title winner and earned the nickname Dr. Ironfist. He also holds a PhD from the physical science department of Kyiv University.

 7 
Andriy Shevchenko
(Former Professional Football Player)
Andriy Shevchenko
46
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.

 8 
Jan Koum
(Co-Founder and Former CEO of ‘WhatsApp’)
Jan Koum
40
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.

 9 
Vladimir Horowitz
(Russian-Born American Virtuoso Pianist)
Vladimir Horowitz
12
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989
 10 
Stepan Bandera
(Ukrainian Politician and Far-Right Leader)
Stepan Bandera
24
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staryi Uhryniv, Ukraine
Died: October 15, 1959
 11 
Andriy Yarmolenko
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder/Forward)
Andriy Yarmolenko
21
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Andriy Yarmolenko is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a forward or midfielder. He is the current captain of the Ukraine national football team. He is best known for his association with Dynamo Kyiv; he played for the team from 2008 to 2017. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017, Andriy Yarmolenko was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

 12 
Vaslav Nijinsky
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer and One of the Greatest Male Dancers of All Time)
Vaslav Nijinsky
7
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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Vladimir the Great
(Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir the Great
12
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015
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Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
25
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.
 15 
Louis B. Mayer
(Canadian-American Film Producer Who Co-Founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Louis B. Mayer
24
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 16 
Vitas
(Ukrainian-Russian Singer, Songwriter and Actor Known for His Unique Falsetto and His Eclectic Musical Style)
Vitas
47
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.

 17 
Sergey Bubka
(Former Soviet-Ukrainian Pole Vaulter Who Broke the World Record for Men's Pole Vault 35 Times)
Sergey Bubka
16
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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Nestor Makhno
(Ukrainian Anarchist Revolutionary and the Commander of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine)
Nestor Makhno
18
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. 
 19 
Valentin Chmerkovskiy
(Professional Dancer and Choreographer)
Valentin Chmerkovskiy
15
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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Verka Serduchka
(Ukrainian Comedian, Actor and Singer)
Verka Serduchka
7
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
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Taras Shevchenko
(Poet)
Taras Shevchenko
7
Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861
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Yaroslav Amosov
(Ukrainian Mixed Martial Artist)
Yaroslav Amosov
9
Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin, Ukraine
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 23 
Yaroslav the Wise
(Prince)
Yaroslav the Wise
5
Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054
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Yevhen Konoplyanka
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder)
Yevhen Konoplyanka
12
Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine

Yevhen Konoplyanka is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Ukraine national team. He has also played for clubs like Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Schalke 04, and Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, Yevhen Konoplyanka was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Denis Stoff
(Guitarist and Vocalist of The Ukrainian Metalcore Group 'Make Me Famous')
Denis Stoff
15
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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Nikita Krylov
(Russian Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Nikita Krylov
12
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Sergei Magnitsky
(Tax advisor)
Sergei Magnitsky
7
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009
 28 
Igor Vovchanchyn
(Former Ukrainian Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
Igor Vovchanchyn
4
Birthdate: August 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zolochiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

Igor Vovchanchyn is a Ukrainian former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Renowned for his punching power, Vovchanchyn was regarded as one of the most feared strikers of his time. He made up for his short reach with an aggressive counterpunching style. Igor Vovchanchyn is also known for his significant grappling skills and dexterity on the ground.

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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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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
(Ukrainian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard or Small Forward)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
5
Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Leonid Kravchuk
(Former President of Ukraine)
Leonid Kravchuk
3
Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn
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Mykola Leontovych
(Legendary Ukrainian Composer Known for His A Cappella Choral Music)
Mykola Leontovych
4
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
5
Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1926
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Levi Eshkol
(Politician)
Levi Eshkol
3
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orativ
Died: February 26, 1969
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Vitalii Sediuk
(Reporter)
Vitalii Sediuk
6
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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Serhiy Rebrov
(Former Ukrainian Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Serhiy Rebrov
4
Birthdate: June 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Horlivka, Ukraine

Serhiy Rebrov is a Ukrainian former footballer who played as a striker for the Ukraine national football team from 1992 to 2006. He also played for popular clubs and achieved international fame while playing for Dynamo Kyiv in the 1990s. In 1996 and 1998, Serhiy Rebrov was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Stanisław I Leszczyński
(King)
Stanisław I Leszczyński
3
Birthdate: October 20, 1677
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: February 23, 1766
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Valeriy Lobanovskyi
(Ukrainian Football Player and Manager)
Valeriy Lobanovskyi
5
Birthdate: January 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: May 13, 2002
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 39 
Sergei Bondarchuk
(Soviet Actor, Film Director and One of the Leading Personalities of Russian Cinema from the 1950s to 1970s)
Sergei Bondarchuk
2
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.

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Ilya Ehrenburg
(Poet)
Ilya Ehrenburg
2
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: August 31, 1967
 41 
Oleg Salenko
(Russian-Ukrainian Former Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Oleg Salenko
10
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 42 
Vladimir II Monomakh
(Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir II Monomakh
2
Birthdate: May 26, 1053
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: May 26, 1125
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Lew Grade
(Russian-Born British Media Mogul, Producer, and Impresario)
Lew Grade
6
Birthdate: December 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokmak, Ukraine
Died: December 13, 1998
 44 
Alex Len
(Ukrainian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Center)
Alex Len
10
Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine

Alex Len is a Ukrainian basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He has also played for other popular NBA teams like Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards.

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Dmytro Chygrynskyy
(Ukrainian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Dmytro Chygrynskyy
3
Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Izyaslav, Ukraine
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 46 
Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Viktor Yushchenko
10
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka
 47 
Ivan Mazepa
(Political figure)
Ivan Mazepa
3
Birthdate: March 20, 1639
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva
Died: October 2, 1709
 48 
Monatik
(Ukrainian Composer, Singer, Songwriter, TV Personality, and Dancer)
Monatik
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lutsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Andriy Pyatov
(Ukrainian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Andriy Pyatov
5
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Oleg Blokhin
(Ukrainian and Soviet Former Football Forward and Manager)
Oleg Blokhin
5
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)