List of Presidents of Ukraine

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Official standard of the President of Ukraine

The modern Ukrainian presidency was formed when the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic passed a law on 5 July 1991 establishing the post of the "President of the Ukrainian SSR." Upon the proclamation of Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union on 24 August 1991, the title was changed to the "President of Ukraine." The first election of the President of Ukraine was contested on 1 December 1991. Leonid Kravchuk was the inaugural holder of the office.

All four Presidents have been members of the Verkhovna Rada prior to their election as President. Kravchuk was the first (and only) President to have resigned from the office, following a power struggle between Kravchuk and his Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma. Although 10 years is the maximum a person can serve, Leonid Kuchma has served a little over 10 and a half, finishing Kravchuk's only term.


      Our Ukraine       Party of Regions       Batkivshchyna       Petro Poroshenko Bloc / UDAR       Independent / Non-partisan

Portrait President Term of office Presidential mandate Affiliation
1 Leonid Kravchuk.jpg Leonid Kravchuk
(b. 1934)
Леонід Кравчук
5 December 1991
Inauguration: 22 August 1992[a]
19 July 1994 1991 — 61.59%
Independent / Non-partisan
2 Kuchmaukraine.jpg Leonid Kuchma
(b. 1938)
Леонід Кучма
19 July 1994 14 November 1999 1994 — 52.3%
Independent / Non-partisan
14 November 1999 23 January 2005 1999 — 57.7%
3 Wiktor Juschtschenko, Präsident der Ukraine, in der Universität Zürich.jpg Viktor Yushchenko
(b. 1954)
Віктор Ющенко
23 January 2005 25 February 2010 2004 — 51.99%
Non-partisan (2004-2005)
Our Ukraine (2005-2010)
4 Viktor Yanukovych Greece 2011 (cropped).jpg Viktor Yanukovych
(b. 1950)
Віктор Янукович
25 February 2010 22 February 2014[b] 2010 — 48.95%
(Supported by Party of Regions)
Turchynov March 2014 (cropped).jpg Oleksandr Turchynov
(b. 1964)
Олександр Турчинов
23 February 2014 7 June 2014 ex officio
(as Chairman of Parliament, Article 112)
5 Petro Porochenko au Conseil de l’Europe Strasbourg 26 juin 2014 04.jpg Petro Poroshenko
(b. 1965)
Петро Порошенко
7 June 2014 Incumbent 2014 — 54.70%
(Supported by Petro Poroshenko Bloc & UDAR)

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A.^ Although Leonid Kravchuk's official inauguration ceremony was conducted on August 22, 1992, he carried out most of the presidential responsibilities temporarily ceded to him as Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada until December 5, 1991 when he became President.
B.^ Fled as a result of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. On February 22, 2014 the parliament voted to "remove Viktor Yanukovych from the post of president of Ukraine" on the grounds that he was unable to fulfill his duties.