Ukrainian

Ukrainians are known to be amongst the world’s most beautiful people and thus it’s no surprise that some of the most gorgeous ladies in the international show biz like Mila Kunis, Milla Jovovich, and Olga Kurylenko have Ukrainian roots. But it’s not just beauty that makes Ukrainians unique—the nation is also the motherland of several prominent figures in science, technology, literature, performance arts, politics, astronomy, music, and mathematics. Ukraine is the land of multi-faceted and versatile people! Take for example, Nikolai Ivanovich Kibalchich, a Russian revolutionary of Ukrainian origin who was also a pioneering rocket scientist. Another such multi-talented personality was Stepan Tymoshenko known as the father of modern Ukrainian engineering mechanics. Ukrainians are also famous for their contribution to the world of mathematics, music, and literature. In the recent years, people of Ukrainian origin have stormed yet another field with their unique combination of beauty and brains—the entertainment industry. Pop musicians and dancing stars like Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, and Vasyl Verkhovynets are making the world sing and dance to their tunes! Indeed, hasn’t Ukraine produced some of the most amazing international personalities? This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Ukrainians.

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 1 Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
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 Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdyans'k, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

 3 Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer and pianist
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 Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Soviet Union (1918-1925)
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: August 21, 1940

A Russian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary, Leon Trotsky developed a political ideology called Trotskyism, which eventually had a considerable impact on Russian politics. He also played a vital role in leading the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War.

 5 Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
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.

 6 Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Volodymyr Zelenskiy
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Ukraine (since 2019)
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.

 7 Halyna Hutchins

Halyna Hutchins
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Famous As: She was named one of the10 up-and-coming directors of photography who are making their mark
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Horodets', Ukraine
Died: October 21, 2021
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 8 Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

 9 Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player, Manager
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.

 10 Vitas

Vitas
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 11 Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Classical pianist
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989

 12 Jan Koum

Jan Koum
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-founder of WhatsApp
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.

 13 Diana

Diana
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTube Star
Birthdate: March 31, 2014
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 14 Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

 15 Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

 16 Andriy Yarmolenko

Andriy Yarmolenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Forward, Winger
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 17 Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Ukraine (2014-19)
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Bolhrad, Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko is a Ukrainian politician and businessman. From 2014 to 2019, Poroshenko served as the fifth president of Ukraine. Before being elected as the president, Petro Poroshenko served in positions, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Trade and Economic Development. 

 18 Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Ukraine (2007-2010)
Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

The feisty Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko became Ukraine’s first lady prime minister in 2005 and was back in power from 2007 to 2010. She made her signature blonde ponytail, sometimes worn in a crown-shaped braid, a fashion statement. Tymoshenko was on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women.

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 19 Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Nuclear Engineer
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.

 20 Stepan Bandera

Stepan Bandera
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959

 21 Louis B. Mayer

Louis B. Mayer
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957

 22 Sergey Bubka

Sergey Bubka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Pole Vaulter
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.

 23 Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Valentin Chmerkovskiy
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
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. 

 24 Vladimir the Great

Vladimir the Great
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015

 25 Berta Vazquez

Berta Vazquez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 26 Nestor Makhno

Nestor Makhno
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary, Writer
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. 

 27 Denis Stoff

Denis Stoff
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
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.

 28 Oleksii Novikov

Oleksii Novikov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Strongman, Athlete
Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 29 Jamala

Jamala
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osh, Kyrgyzstan

 30 Nikita Krylov

Nikita Krylov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine

 31 Oxana Malaya

Oxana Malaya
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Birthdate: November 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

 32 Verka Serduchka

Verka Serduchka
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine

 33 Sergei Magnitsky

Sergei Magnitsky
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Tax advisor
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009

 34 Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

 35 Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

 36 Taras Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861

 37 Olena Zelenska

Olena Zelenska
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine

 38 Oleksandr Turchynov

Oleksandr Turchynov
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Economist, Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk

 39 Nadiya Bychkova

Nadiya Bychkova
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

 40 Yaroslav the Wise

Yaroslav the Wise
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054

 41 Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi

 42 Ivanna Sakhno

Ivanna Sakhno
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 43 Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky
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Famous As: Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657)
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657

 44 Yaroslav Amosov

Yaroslav Amosov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artists
Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin', Ukraine

 45 Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Banker
Birthdate: May 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chernivtsi

 46 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine

 47 Semyon Timoshenko

Semyon Timoshenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970

 48 Ruslana

Ruslana
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: May 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

 49 Igor Vovchanchyn

Igor Vovchanchyn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Retired mixed martial artist and kickboxer, who competed in early no holds barred MMA contests
Birthdate: August 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zolochiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

 50 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966