Famous Ukrainian Leaders

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 1 
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
(6th President of Ukraine (Since 2019))

Volodymyr Zelenskiy
22
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.

 2 
Vitali Klitschko
(Politician)

Vitali Klitschko
11
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

 3 
Yulia Tymoshenko
(Prime Minister of Ukraine (2007-2010))

Yulia Tymoshenko
4
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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 4 
Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)

Stepan Bandera
4
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959

 5 
Nestor Makhno
(Revolutionary, Writer)

Nestor Makhno
3
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. 

 6 
Leon Trotsky
(People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Soviet Union (1918-1925))

Leon Trotsky
36
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.

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 7 
Alexander Vindman
(Military officer)

Alexander Vindman
9
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.

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 8 
Petro Poroshenko
(President of Ukraine (2014-19))

Petro Poroshenko
5
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. 

 9 
Viktor Yanukovych
(Politician, Engineer, Economist, Racecar driver)

Viktor Yanukovych
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yenakiieve

Leonid Brezhnev
14
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. 

 11 
Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)

Viktor Yushchenko
4
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka

 12 

Taras Shevchenko
3
Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861

 13 

Mikheil Saakashvili
3
Birthdate: December 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi

 14 
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
(Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657))

Bohdan Khmelnytsky
3
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657

 15 
Oleksandr Turchynov
(Economist, Engineer, Politician)

Oleksandr Turchynov
3
Birthdate: March 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk

 16 
Grigory Zinoviev
(Politician, Revolutionary)

Grigory Zinoviev
4
Birthdate: September 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kirovohrad, Ukraine
Died: August 25, 1936

Born to dairy farmers in Russia, Grigory Zinoviev was homeschooled and had started working at 14. An Old Bolshevik, he joined Russian revolutionary activities and became a close aide of Vladimir Lenin. Joseph Stalin later got him ousted from the party thrice. Zinoviev was eventually arrested and executed.

 17 
Leonid Kravchuk
(Former President of Ukraine)

Leonid Kravchuk
2
Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn

 18 
Semyon Timoshenko
(Military commander)

Semyon Timoshenko
3
Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970

 19 
Leonid Kuchma
(Politician)

Leonid Kuchma
3
Birthdate: August 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chaikyne

 20 
Symon Petlura
(Politician and Journalist)

Symon Petlura
3
Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1926

 21 
Levi Eshkol
(Politician)

Levi Eshkol
3
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orativ
Died: February 26, 1969

 22 
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
(Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Banker)

Arseniy Yatsenyuk
3
Birthdate: May 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chernivtsi

 23 
Ivan Mazepa
(Political figure)

Ivan Mazepa
2
Birthdate: March 20, 1639
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva
Died: October 2, 1709

 24 

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
2
Birthdate: May 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mukachevo, Ukraine

 25 
Nadiya Savchenko
(Politician, pilot)

Nadiya Savchenko
3
Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)

 26 
Mikhail Tolstykh
(Commander of the Donetsk People's Republic's Somalia Battalion of the Separatist Forces)

Mikhail Tolstykh
2
Birthdate: July 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ilovais'k, Ukraine
Died: February 8, 2017

 27 
Vladimir Ivashko
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (24 August 1991 – 29 August 1991))

Vladimir Ivashko
0
Birthdate: October 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: November 13, 1994

 28 
Rodion Malinovsky
(Military commander in World War II, Marshal of the Soviet Union, and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and 1960s)

Rodion Malinovsky
4
Birthdate: November 23, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: March 31, 1967

 29 
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
(Politician)

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
3
Birthdate: November 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: April 23, 1963

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was a historian and Labor Zionist leader who served as the president of Israel from 1952 to 1963. His father was one of the organizers of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. Ben-Zvi studied at Kiev University for one year before dropping out to co-found the Russian Poale Zion movement. He was awarded the Bialik Prize. 

 30 
Viktor Chebrikov
(Public official)

Viktor Chebrikov
2
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet
Died: July 2, 1999

 31 
Slava Medvedenko
(Basketball Player)

Slava Medvedenko
2
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karapyshi, Ukraine

 32 
Nikolai Tikhonov
(Politician)

Nikolai Tikhonov
2
Birthdate: May 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: June 1, 1997

 33 
Stepan Makarov
(Oceanographer)

Stepan Makarov
2
Birthdate: January 8, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Died: April 13, 1904

 34 
Nikolai Podgorny
(Statesman)

Nikolai Podgorny
2
Birthdate: February 18, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karlivka, Ukraine
Died: January 11, 1983

Sergey Georgyevich Gorshkov
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine
Died: May 13, 1988

 36 
Mykola Azarov
(Politician)

Mykola Azarov
2
Birthdate: December 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaluga

 37 
Alfred Redl
(Military Officer)

Alfred Redl
2
Birthdate: March 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1913

 38 
Yevgeny Shevchuk
(2nd President of Transnistria)

Yevgeny Shevchuk
2
Birthdate: June 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rîbnița, Moldova

 39 
Sergei Sokolov
(Military commander)

Sergei Sokolov
1
Birthdate: July 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eupatoria
Died: August 31, 2012

 40 
Sergey Stanishev
(Prime Minister)

Sergey Stanishev
3
Birthdate: May 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kherson

Regarded as one of the most successful Bulgarian prime ministers, Sergey Stanishev has also served the Party of European Socialists as its president. Known for his 13-year stint as the Bulgarian Socialist Party leader, he also holds a PhD in history and has been an international relations visiting fellow at LSE.

 41 
Anastasia Prikhodko
(Activist, Singer)

Anastasia Prikhodko
1
Birthdate: April 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 42 

Ivan Fyodorovich Paskevich
1
Birthdate: May 19, 1782
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: February 1, 1856

 43 
Pinhas Lavon
(Politician)

Pinhas Lavon
1
Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kopychyntsi, Ukraine
Died: January 24, 1976

 44 
Dmitry Bogrov
(Revolutionary)

Dmitry Bogrov
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Birthdate: 1887 AD
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: September 12, 1911

 45 
Maria Nikiforova
(Revolutionarist)

Maria Nikiforova
1
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Died: 1919 AD

 46 
Alexandru Averescu
(Politician)

Alexandru Averescu
2
Birthdate: April 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ozerne, Ukraine
Died: October 3, 1938

 47 
Georgy Pyatakov
(Revolutionary)

Georgy Pyatakov
1
Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Horodyshche, Ukraine
Died: January 30, 1937

 48 
A. D. Gordon
(Political Leader)

A. D. Gordon
1
Birthdate: June 9, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zhytomyrs'kyi district, Ukraine
Died: February 22, 1922

 49 
Yuriy Yekhanurov
(11th Prime Minister of Ukraine)

Yuriy Yekhanurov
0
Birthdate: August 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belkachi, Russia

 50 
Eka Zguladze
(Politician)

Eka Zguladze
1
Birthdate: June 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia