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Ihor Oleksandrovych Voronchenko (Ukrainian: Воронченко Ігор Олександрович; born 22 August 1964) is a Ukrainian Vice Admiral and a commander of the Ukrainian Navy.[1]

Ihor Voronchenko
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Born (1964-08-22) 22 August 1964 (age 54)
Babayi, Kharkiv Raion, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union
 Ukraine
Service/branch Ukrainian Ground Forces
 Ukrainian Navy
Years of service1980s–present
RankVice Admiral (2016)
Commands heldCommander of the Ukrainian Navy (2016–present)
Chief of the Main administration of personnel (2015–2016)
Chief of the Coastal Defense Administration (2013–2015)
25th Regiment/501st Separate Mechanized Regiment (1998–2003)

Before becoming commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Voronchenko held the staff position in General Staff, the position of chief of the Coastal Defense Administration (Ukrainian Navy), and was a commander of a former National Guard of Ukraine regiment that was later transformed into a battalion of Marine Infantry. Voronchenko served in Crimea starting in 1998.[2]

CareerEdit

Voronchenko was born 22 August 1964 in the village of Babayi in Kharkiv Raion.[2][3]

After graduation from the Tashkent Higher Tank Command School Voronchenko was assigned to East-Germany where he was commander of a tank platoon until 1988.[3] Voronchenko then became a commander of a tank company in the Belarusian Military District.[3] After the collapse of the Soviet Union he returned to Ukraine and continued service in the National Guard of Ukraine in Kharkiv.[3] Then he graduated from the Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Starting in 1998, he served in Crimea on the post of commander of a National Guard regiment.[3] And then became Crimea's chief of the Coastal Defense Administration of the Ukrainian Navy.[3]

During the February/March 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea Voronchenko was captured and detained for 4 days in Crimea before being released on 27 March 2014.[4][2]

Voronchenko was appointed acting commander of the Ukrainian Navy on 25 April 2016.[5] And on 3 July 2016 President Petro Poroshenko appointed him as commander of the Ukrainian Navy.[5] The same day Voronchenko was conferred the rank of Vice Admiral (on 25 April 2016 he held the rank of Lieutenant General).[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Ukrainian) Poroshenko appointed the commander of the Navy, Ukrayinska Pravda (3 July 2016)
  2. ^ a b c ‹See Tfd›(in Ukrainian) General Ihor Voronchenko: Bolotov, Pushilin, Gubarev - they are all pawns in this game, Ukrinform (12 August 2014)
  3. ^ a b c d e f ‹See Tfd›(in Russian) Igor Voronchenko on February 23 - a feast for real men!, KP (23 february 2011)
  4. ^ Ukrainian soldiers released from detention in Crimea, United Press International (27 March 2014)
  5. ^ a b c Poroshenko appoints Commander of Naval Forces of Ukraine, UNIAN (3 July 2016)
    "Poroshenko appoints Ihor Voronchenko as new acting head of Ukrainian Navy". Interfax-Ukraine. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Serhiy Hayduk
Naval Commander of Ukraine
2016–present
Incumbent