Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine (elected with 73% of the vote in a run-off on Apr 21, 2019)
Born on 25 January 1978, Zelenskiy is a Ukrainian politician, screenwriter, actor, comedian and director. Prior to his political career, he obtained a degree in law and created the company Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons and TV comedy shows. Zelensky won the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election with more than 73% of the votes, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Six months before he announced his candidacy on 31 December 2018, he was already one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election.
His father, Oleksandr Zelensky, is a professor who heads an academic department of cybernetics and computing hardware at the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics; his mother, Rimma Zelenska, used to work as an engineer. Before entering grammar school he lived for four years in Mongolia in the city of Erdenet where his father worked.
Zelensky studied law at the Kyiv National Economic University department in his native Kryvyi Rih but has not worked professionally in the legal field.
Zelensky played the role of President of Ukraine in the 2015–2019 television series Servant of the People. The political party Servant of the People was created in March 2018 by employees from Kvartal 95, which created the television series of the same name.
In September 2003 Zelensky married Olena Zelenska (née Kiyashko). They both attended the same grammar school.
The couple’s first daughter Oleksandra was born in July 2004. In Zelensky’s 2014 movie 8 New Dates she played Sasha, the daughter of the protagonist. In 2016 she participated in the show The Comedy Comedy’s Kids and won 50,000 hryvnias. Their son Cyril Zelensky was born in January 2013.
Petro Poroshenko, Former President of Ukraine (since June 7, 2014)
Poroshenko Petro Oleksiyovych, born in the city of Bolhrad, Odesa region, on September 26, 1965.
Citizen of Ukraine. Resides within the territory of Ukraine since the date of birth, particularly in the course of the last 23 years since the day of declaring the Independence of Ukraine.
Higher education: 1982-1989 – Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Faculty of International Relations and International Law. Specialization: International Economic Relations.
1984-1986 – military service.
1989-1992 – postgraduate student assistant of the Department of International Economic Relations in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
1993-1998 – CEO of group corporation “Ukrprominvest”.
1998-2002 – people’s deputy of Ukraine of the III convocation.
2000-2004 – Deputy Head of the National Bank Council of Ukraine.
2002-2005 – people’s deputy of Ukraine of the IV convocation. Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget Issues.
In 2002, he upheld a thesis work “Legal regulation of managing state corporate rights in Ukraine”. Candidate of Juridical Sciences.
8.02.2005-8.09.2005 – Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
2006-2007 – people’s deputy of Ukraine of the V convocation, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance and Banking Activity.
2009-2010 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
2012 – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
2012 – people’s deputy of Ukraine of the VII convocation, Co-Head of the Committee on Parliamentary Cooperation Ukraine-EU.
1998-2003 – member of the Coordination Council on the Functioning of the Security Market in Ukraine.
In 1998, he established a signature Charity Fund which carries out charity projects in various spheres of social life.
2000-2002 – Leader of “Solidarity” faction in the Verkhovna Rada of the III convocation.
2007-2012 – Head of the National Bank Council of Ukraine.
Honored economist of Ukraine, laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in the sphere of science and technology, laureate of P. Orlyk international prize, holder of the Grand Cross Order of Civil Merit of the Kingdom of Spain.
Married. Spouse – Poroshenko Maryna Anatoliivna. Sons – Oleksiy (1985) and Mykhailo (2001), daughters – Yevheniya and Oleksandra (2000).
Residing at: 01021, Kyiv, Hrushevskoho St 9, ap. 37
Of no criminal record.
He was elected President of Ukraine at the early presidential elections on May 25, 2014. As President, he took the oath to the people of Ukraine on June 7, 2014.
Viktor Yanukovych, Former President of Ukraine
Elected the President of Ukraine on February 7, 2010.
Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, Ukrainian, was born July 9, 1950 to a working class family in Yenakiyevo, Donetsk region.
A graduate of Donetsk Polytechnical Institute (now Donetsk State Technical University) and a mechanical engineer by training, he has an MA in international law from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade.He first worked in 1969 as a gas-fitter in the Yenakiyevo metallurgical works, and then became mechanic at a motor enterprise. He worked as a top executive for 20 years – the General Director of the Production Association – “Donbastransremont,” “Ukrvuglepromtrans” and Donetsk Regional Territorial Association of Motor Transport.
In 1996 Viktor Yanukovych was named deputy chairman then vice-chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration. From 1997 to 2002 he was Chairman of Donetsk Regional State Administration, a deputy of Donetsk Regional Rada and Chairman of Donetsk Regional Rada.
On November 21, 2002 Viktor Yanukovych was appointed the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
On July 4, 2004 he was a presidential candidate nominated by the Party of Regions.
On August 4, 2006 Verkhovna Rada has approved Viktor Yanukovych as the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Viktor Fedorovych is a Doctor of Economics, professor, Full Member of the Academy of Economic Sciences of Ukraine, Member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
He is a holder of orders ‘For Merits’ of three degrees, Honoured Transport Worker of Ukraine, and other state awards.
He is married to Lyudmyla Oleksandrivna, they have two sons: Oleksandr and Viktor.
He plays tennis, likes hunting, pigeon-breeding.
Viktor Yushchenko, Former President of Ukraine
Born on February 23, 1954 in the village of Khoruzhivka, Sumy oblast, into a family of teachers. Father – Andriy Andriyovych Yushchenko (1919-1992), took part in the Second World War; after the war taught English at a local school. Mother – Varvara Tymofiyovna Yushchenko (1918-2005), a Physics and Math teacher.
Married, with five children and two grandchildren; sons Andriy and Taras, daughters Vitalina, Sofia and Christina, grandchildren Yarynka and Victor. Wife – Kateryna Mykhailivna Yushchenko.
Higher. In 1975 graduated from the Ternopil Finance and Economics Institute. Candidate of Economic Sciences. The topic of the candidate thesis – “Development of Money Demand and Supply in Ukraine”. A member of the National Academy of Economic Sciences and the Academy of Economic Cybernetics.
Work Experience and Socio-Political Life
Chief accountant assistant, collective farm “40th Anniversary of the October Revolution.”
Service in the Soviet Army (frontier troops, the Soviet-Turkish border near Leninakan).
Acting economist, chief of the Ulyanovsk department of the State Bank.
Deputy Director of the Administration at the Ukrainian Republican Office of the USSR State Bank.
Department head, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Ukrainian Agro-Industrial Bank.
Deputy, First Deputy Chairman of the Board at the Republican Bank “Ukraina.”
Chairman and Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Director of the Borys Yeltsin Ukrainian-Russian Institute of Management and Business.
People’s deputy of Ukraine, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-national Relations. Leader of the “Our Ukraine” parliamentary faction.
Chairman, All-Ukrainian “Our Ukraine” civil organization.
Head of the Supervisory Council of the “Ukraine 3000” International Foundation (Victor Yushchenko Foundation).
December 2004 Elected President of Ukraine.
# Order “For Merit,” 3rd degree.
# The title of “The Honored Economist of Ukraine”.
# Honorary Decoration of the President of Ukraine.
President Victor Yushchenko’s personal website