Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ukraine)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство внутрішніх справ України, romanizedMinisterstvo vnutrishnikh sprav Ukrainy, MVS) is the ministry of the Ukrainian government that oversees the interior affairs of Ukraine. The ministry carries out state policy for the protection of rights and liberties of citizens, investigates unlawful acts against the interest of society and state, fights crime, provides civil order, ensures civil security and traffic safety, and guarantees the security and protection of important individuals. It is a centralised agency headed by the Minister of Internal Affairs. The ministry works closely with the office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine. It oversees the National Police of Ukraine[6] (police service), National Guard of Ukraine (gendarmerie), the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (civil defense),[7] State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (and its subordinate the Ukrainian Sea Guard) and the State Migration Service (customs service).

Ministry of Internal Affairs
Міністерство внутрішніх справ
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Emblem of the ministry
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Banner of the ministry
Ministry overview
Formed22 January 1918 (104 years ago) (1918-01-22)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of Internal Affair of UNR (1918-1920)
  • State Secretariat of Internal Affairs of wUNR (1918-1919)
  • Ministry (People's Commissariat) of Internal Affairs of UkrSSR (1918-1991)
Jurisdiction Ukraine
Headquarters10 Akademika Bohomoltsia street,
Kyiv, 01601[1]
50°26′26″N 30°32′04″E / 50.44061597°N 30.53431302°E / 50.44061597; 30.53431302Coordinates: 50°26′26″N 30°32′04″E / 50.44061597°N 30.53431302°E / 50.44061597; 30.53431302
Employees152,000[citation needed]
Annual budget66 billions (2018)[2]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Key document
  • Provision on the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine[4]

Formerly, the ministry directly controlled the Ukrainian national law enforcement agency, termed the militsiya (Ukrainian: міліція, Russian: милиция). This changed in July 2015, in the aftermath of Euromaidan, with the introduction of reforms by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to reduce corruption, whereby the militsiya was replaced with the National Police. Ukraine's militsiya was widely regarded as corrupt,[8] and it had received accusations of torture and ill-treatment.[9][10][11][12] The State Emergency Service was transfered under the jurisdiction of the ministry since 2014.[7]



  • People's Committee of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1919 - 1930, regional autonomous agency)
  • State Political Directorate of the Ukrainian SSR (1930 - 1934, part of the Joint State Political Directorate of USSR)
  • People's Committee of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1934 - 1946, part of the People's Committee of Internal Affairs of USSR)
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR (1946 - 1991, part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of USSR)
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (since 1991, a government agency of the independent Ukraine)

History of MilitsiyaEdit

Ministerial institutionsEdit

  • Central office (in Kyiv)

Sub-departments (central offices of executive authority)Edit

Supporting institutionsEdit


  • Central hospital (in Kyiv)
  • Hospital of Rehabilitative Treatment (in Kyiv)
  • Military-medical commissions


  • National Academy of Internal Affairs
  • National Academy of National Guard of Ukraine
  • Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs
  • Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs
  • Didorenko State University of Internal Affairs of Luhansk
  • Lviv State University of Internal Affairs
  • Odessa State University of Internal Affairs
  • Donetsk Justice Institute

Ministers of Internal AffairsEdit

Minister of Internal Affairs
of Ukraine
Міністр внутрішніх справ України
Banner of the minister
Denys Monastyrsky[3]

since 16 July 2021[3]
AppointerPresident of Ukraine
Term lengthDuration of the presidential term (5 years) or less due to earlier resignation or dismissal
Inaugural holderAndriy Vasylyshyn
FormationAugust 24, 1991
SuccessionFirst Deputy Minister (Yevhen Yenin)[5]

The Minister of Internal Affairs directs the ministry. Prior to the 2015 police reforms, the minister was recognized as head of the militsiya. Many former ministers previously had experience with serving in the police, and many were, prior to taking up the ministerial post, generals of the militsiya. Typically, the minister was afforded the rank of Colonel-General of the militsiya upon taking up his post in the Ukrainian government. Yuriy Lutsenko and Vasyl Tsushko are the only former holders of this office who had never served in any law enforcement agency.

List of Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
# Name Photo From Until President Notes
1 Andriy Vasylyshyn August 24, 1991 July 21, 1994 Leonid Kravchuk First post-independence minister
2 Volodymyr Radchenko July 28, 1994 July 3, 1995 Leonid Kuchma Acting July 21–28, 1994
3   Yuriy Kravchenko July 3, 1995 March 26, 2001 Involved in 'Eagles of Kravchenko' case
4 Yuriy Smirnov March 26, 2001 August 27, 2003
5 Mykola Bilokon August 27, 2003 February 3, 2005
6   Yuriy Lutsenko February 4, 2005 December 1, 2006 Viktor Yushchenko First civilian minister
7   Vasyl Tsushko December 1, 2006 December 18, 2007 First minister never directly subordinate to the president
8   Yuriy Lutsenko December 18, 2007 January 28, 2010 Acting January 28-March 11, 2010[13][14] In May 2009 first deputy (Interior) Minister Mykhailo Kliuyev served as acting Minister during a seven-day investigation.[15][16] After that Lutsenko resumed the post.[17]
- Mykhailo Kliuyev January 29, 2010 March 11, 2010
9   Anatoliy Mohyliov March 11, 2010 November 7, 2011[18] Viktor Yanukovych First post-Orange revolution minister
10   Vitaliy Zakharchenko November 7, 2011[19] February 21, 2014[20] Former head of the State Tax Service of Ukraine[19]
-   Arsen Avakov (acting) February 22, 2014 February 27, 2014 Oleksandr Turchynov (acting)
11 Arsen Avakov February 27, 2014 July 15, 2021[21] Oleksandr Turchynov (acting), Petro Poroshenko, Volodymyr Zelensky
12   Denys Monastyrsky 16 July 2021[3] Incumbent Volodymyr Zelensky

The minister of Internal Affairs is responsible directly to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, to the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and ultimately the President of Ukraine. His office is located in Kyiv's Pechersk District.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Official website of the Ministry. Address (section)". 2017.
  2. ^ Allocation of expenditures of the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018 (document .xls), sheet "д3", row 60 - Verkhovna Rada official website
  3. ^ a b c d Parliament appoints Monastyrsky as Ukraine's interior minister, Ukrinform (16 July 2021)
  4. ^ Положення про Міністерство внутрішніх справ України, затв. Постановою Кабінету міністрів № 878 [Provision on the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, approved by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No 878] (in Ukrainian).
  5. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Monastyrsky presented a new team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Suspilne (6 September 2021)
  6. ^ National Police established in Ukraine, Interfax Ukraine (2 September 2015)
  7. ^ a b "ДСНС перейшла в підпорядкування МВС DSNS has become subordinated to MIA" (in Ukrainian). Gazeta Lviv. 2014-04-25.
  8. ^ Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer: Ukraine has become more corrupt over the last two years, The Ukrainian Week (9 July 2013)
  9. ^ Ukraine: Victims of police brutality Archived 2009-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, Amnesty International USA (September 27, 2005)
    Amnesty International: Ukrainian police told not to touch foreign fans during Euro 2012, Kyiv Post (4 July 2012)
  10. ^ Yanukovych calling for greater control over detention facilities, Kyiv Post (15 December 2011)
  11. ^ Ukrainian Police Arrested For Alleged Torture, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (April 1, 2010)
  12. ^ Ukrainian Police-Abuse Protests Come To The Capital, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (17 July 2013)
  13. ^ Lutsenko says he's calm about his dismissal, Kyiv Post (28 January 2010)
  14. ^ Regions Party: Kliuyev is legitimate head of Interior Ministry, Kyiv Post (1 February 2010)
  15. ^ Speaker:Lutsenko suspended as Ukraine's interior minister, Kyiv Post (May 18, 2009)
  16. ^ Kliuyev to serve as Ukraine's interior minister during Lutsenko's suspension from duty, Kyiv Post (May 16, 2009)
  17. ^ Lutsenko says he will resume fulfilling duties as interior minister, Kyiv Post (May 27, 2009)
  18. ^ Yanukovych appoints Mohyliov to Crimean post, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  19. ^ a b Chief tax officer Zakharchenko appointed interior minister of Ukraine, Kyiv Post (7 November 2011)
  20. ^ Rada suspends Acting Interior Minister Zakharchenko from his duties, Interfax-Ukraine (21 February 2014)
  21. ^ Rada supports Avakov's resignation, Interfax-Ukraine (15 July 2021)

Further readingEdit

  • Full collection of laws of the Russian Empire since 1649. Vol.5. Saint Petersburg, 1830. page 13. (Полное собрание законов Российской империи с 1649 г. - Спб., 1830. - Т. 5. - С. 13)

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