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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, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Ukrainian Ground Forces
 Ukrainian Navy
Years of service1980s–present
RankVice Admiral (2016)
Commands heldCommander of the Ukrainian Navy (2016-)
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]


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]


  1. ^ (in Ukrainian) Poroshenko appointed the commander of the Navy, Ukrayinska Pravda (3 July 2016)
  2. ^ a b c (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 (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.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Serhiy Hayduk
Naval Commander of Ukraine
2016 –
Succeeded by