Oleksandr Kikhtenko

Oleksandr Kikhtenko is a Ukrainian military leader and politician. He is a career officer of the Internal Troops of Ukraine and a General of Army of Ukraine (2008).

Oleksandr Kikhtenko
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Governor of Donetsk Oblast
In office
10 October 2014 – 11 June 2015
PresidentPetro Poroshenko
Preceded bySerhiy Taruta (acting)
Succeeded byPavlo Zhebrivskyi
Personal details
Born (1956-04-05) 5 April 1956 (age 65)
Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Soviet Union
Alma materFrunze Military Academy (1991)
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/serviceInternal Troops
Years of service1974-2010
RankGeneral of the Army
CommandsInternal Troops

He served in the army since 1974 first in the Soviet Army and then in the Ukrainian Army. In 1978 Kikhtenko graduated the Frunze College of General Command (Omsk). In 1991 he graduated the faculty of intelligence of the M. V. Frunze Military Academy (Moscow).

After fall of the Soviet Union, Kikhtenko continued to serve for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and was a chief of the Internal Troops administration in Zaporizhia Oblast. Since February 2005 he served as a Commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine. During the presidential period of Viktor Yushchenko, in 2007-2008 and 2010 Kikhtenko unprecedentedly was a member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

After election of Viktor Yanukovych as President of Ukraine in 2010, Kikhtenko was fired and retired from military service. On 10 October 2014 newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Kikhtenko as a governor of Donetsk Oblast.[1] In 2014 he also topped the party list of the Strength and Honor party for the Ukrainian parliamentary election.

On 11 June 2015 Kikhtenko was dismissed as a governor and replaced by Pavlo Zhebrivskyi.[2]


  1. ^ Petro Poroshenko presented new Head of Donetsk RSA Oleksandr Kikhtenko. President of Ukraine website.
  2. ^ Ukraine's president appoints new governor to conflict hit Donetsk region, Ukraine Today (11 June 2015)
    Березина, Настя (11 June 2015). "Порошенко уволил губернатора Донецкой области" (in Russian). rbc.ru. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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Military offices
Preceded by Commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine
Succeeded by