Anatoliy Hrytsenko

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Anatoliy Hrytsenko
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People's Deputy of Ukraine
Assumed office
15 December 2012[1]
Minister of Defence of Ukraine
In office
4 February 2005[2] – 18 December 2007
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Yuriy Yekhanurov
Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded by Oleksandr Kuzmuk[3]
Succeeded by Yuriy Yekhanurov
Personal details
Born (1957-10-25) 25 October 1957 (age 60)
Zvenyhorodka Raion, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Political party Civil Position[4]
Spouse(s) Yuliia Volodymyrivna Mostova[5]
Liudmyla Mykhailivna (divorced)
Children Oleksii (1979)
Svitlana (1982)
Hanna (2004)
Hlib Razumkov (1998, stepson)
Residence Flag of Ukraine.svg Kyiv

Anatoliy Stepanovych Hrytsenko (Ukrainian: Анатолій Степанович Гриценко; born 25 October 1957) is a Ukrainian politician, independent[nb 1] member of the current Ukrainian parliament, former Minister of Defence, member of the Our Ukraine political party and leader of the Civil Position party.[4][6][7]


Hrytsenko graduated with honours from Kyiv Higher Military Aviation Engineering School on 23 June 1979.[8] On 10 December 1984 he was awarded a Candidate of Sciences (Ph.D.) degree from Kyiv Higher Military Aviation Engineering School.[9] And in 1993 Hrytsenko graduated from the Defense Language Institute of the United States Department of Defense. On 6 June 1994 he graduated from the Resident Program of the U.S. Air War College[10] And on 30 October 1995 Hrytsenko graduated from the Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[11]

Hrytsenko is author of more than 100 scientific papers published in Ukraine, Belgium, the Netherlands, United States, Germany and Switzerland.[5]

Army career[edit]

Hrytsenko served 25 years in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, he served in combat units, as teacher at the military college and in staff positions in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.[5]

Hrytsenko's rank was colonel.[5]

From December 1999 till 2004 he worked as a military consultant in various firms.[5]

In February 2000 Hrytsenko served as Freelance Consultant on the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) and in November 2000 as a member of the Public Council of Experts on domestic issues of the President of Ukraine.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 2004 Hrytsenko worked in the election headquarters (for the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election) of Viktor Yushchenko and took an active part in the writing his election program.[5]

Hrytsenko became Minister of Defence in the First Tymoshenko Government in February 2005, he continued this position in the Yekhanurov Government.[5] On 4 August 2006 he was appointed again as head of the Ministry of Defence in the government of Viktor Yanukovych on the quota of President Yushchenko.[5]

In the early 2007 parliamentary elections he was elected into the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) as number 4 on the party list of the pro-president Yushchenko Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc.[5] Although this bloc was part of the Second Tymoshenko Government Yuriy Yekhanurov became Minister of Defense in this cabinet.[12][13][14][15]

In January 2010 Hrytsenko became party leader of Civil Position.[16]

Hrytsenko was a candidate for President of Ukraine in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential elections,[17] during the election he received 1,2% of the votes (finishing ninth[5]).[18] In the second round he called on voting against both candidates (Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovych).[19]

Civil Position gained one seat in the Ternopil city council during the 2010 Ukrainian local elections.[20]

Hrytsenko in October 2012

During the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election Hrytsenko was elected into the Verkhovna Rada as 3rd on the electoral list of Batkivshchyna.[21][22][23] Hrytsenko did not sign the November 2012 oppositional forces Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda joint action plan "I did not sign this document because I offered another action plan, but it was not supported”; but did state he would fulfil it.[23] On 18 May 2013 the faction of Batkivshchyna demanded that Hrytsenko (who was a member of the Batkivshchyna faction) would resign from parliament.[24] Hrytsenko agreed to do that if Batkivshchyna faction leader Arseniy Yatseniuk would do the same.[25] Hrytsenko eventually left the faction on 14 January 2014 "Due to [my] inability to influence the decisions that are taken by the Batkivschyna faction".[26] Yatseniuk immediately responded by saying the faction hoped that after leaving the faction Hrytsenko would resign from parliament (also); and also added "People blinded by their own ambitions do much harm to the team's struggle".[27] On 17 January 2014 Hrytsenko submitted a letter of resignation to parliament.[28]

Hrytsenko was one of the candidates for presidency in the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. According to the opinion poll ordered by 1+1 TV channel and conducted by GfK Ukraine on 6–8 May, 5.6 per cent of the surveyed would cast their votes for him.[29] In the election he received 5.48% of the vote, ranking him in 4th place.[30]

Accusations in army collapse[edit]

In May 2014 the General Prosecutor Office of Ukraine stated that Anatoliy Hrytsenko’s actions (as one of ex-Ministers of Defense) have brought the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the state of inappropriate combat readiness. The criminal proceedings have been opened.

In 2016, the General Prosecutor Office of Ukraine published materials of investigation “Russian war aggression against Ukraine”. According to published data, when Anatoliy Hrytsenko served as minister of defense war equipment had been sold out amounted to the sum of UAH 1 316.17 mln.

The investigation states that this has been one of the main factors which led to the occupation of Crimea and parts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.[31]

Several journalist investigations state that Anatoliy Hrytsenko was involved in corruption schemes of selling of military encampments and other military objects as well as discarding military property.[32]

On April 4, 2018, National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) informed that the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Office initiated a criminal proceeding based on results of state financial audit of "Viysktorhservis" consortium.[33]

An investigation conducted by website "Argument" found out documents signed by Hrytsenko. According to these documents, in 2005-2007 Hrytsenko sold 24 hectares of land owned by the Ministry of Defense to ex-mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetsky.[34]


Hrytsenko is married to Yulia Volodymyrivna Mostova, a chief editor of well known Ukrainian newspaper Mirror Weekly and a widow of Oleksandr Razumkov.


  1. ^ In the Ukrainian context, an MP is considered independent if he/she does not belong to any faction represented in the parliament, hence, not necessarily non-partisan. The Ukrainian term is позафракційний which literally means out of a faction.


  1. ^ You Scratch My Back, and I’ll Scratch Yours, The Ukrainian Week (26 September 2012)
  2. ^ "Order of President on appointment of Anatoliy Hrytsenko on Ukraine Minister of Defence position". 2005-02-04.
  3. ^ "Order of President on dismissal of Oleksandr Kuzmuk from Ukraine Minister of Defence position". 2005-02-03.
  4. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Політична партія „Громадянська позиція“, Database DA-TA
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k (in Russian) Short bio, LIGA
  6. ^ Western Ukrainian intelligentsia calls on candidates for president to withdraw in favor of Tymoshenko Archived March 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Interfax-Ukraine (October 1, 2009)
  7. ^ Civil Position organization has chance to become 160th political party Archived December 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Radio Ukraine (December 11, 2008)
  8. ^ "Diploma of Kyiv Military Aviation School". Archived from the original on 2007-03-21.
  9. ^ "PhD from Kyiv Military Aviation School". Archived from the original on 2007-03-21.
  10. ^ "Diploma of Air University". Archived from the original on 2007-03-21.
  11. ^ "Diploma of Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine". Archived from the original on 2007-03-21.
  12. ^ Tymoshenko asks President to dismiss Yekhanurov as Defense Minister, UNIAN (May 20, 2009)
  13. ^ Tymoshenko Initiating Yekhanurov’s Dismissal, Ukrainian News Agency (May 20, 2009)
  14. ^ Minister Yekhanurov Not Intending To Step Down, Ukrainian News Agency (May 20, 2009)
  15. ^ Yekhanurov denies reports of corrupt schemes at defense ministry, Interfax-Ukraine (May 20, 2009)
  16. ^ (in Ukrainian) Hritsenko will go on at the head of the party renamed?, Ukrayinska Pravda (February 12, 2010)
  17. ^ "Hrytsenko joins the fight for the presidency". URA-Inform (in Russian). May 28, 2009. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) ЦВК оприлюднила офіційні результати 1-го туру виборів, (January 25, 2010)
  19. ^ Tymoshenko’s Looming Defeat: How Did She Make It Inevitable? Archived 2013-11-11 at the Wayback Machine., Serhiy Kudelia (January 29, 2010)
  20. ^ (in Ukrainian) Results of the elections, preliminary data, on interactive maps by Ukrayinska Pravda (November 8, 2010)
  21. ^ (in Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховної Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
  22. ^ They Call Themselves the Opposition, The Ukrainian Week (31 August 2012)
  23. ^ a b Hrytsenko refused to sign statement of opposition Archived January 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., UNIAN (13.11.2012)
  24. ^ Batkivschyna demands Hrytsenko resign as MP, Interfax-Ukraine (18 June 2013)
  25. ^ Hrytsenko agrees to abandon parliamentary seat[permanent dead link], Ukrainian Television and Radio (18 June 2013)
  26. ^ MP Hrytsenko leaving Batkivschyna faction, Interfax-Ukraine ( January 2014)
  27. ^ Batkivschyna faction leader expects Hrytsenko to resign from parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (14 January 2014)
  28. ^ Hrytsenko resigns from parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (17 January 2014)
  29. ^ "Порошенко тотально лідирує в електоральних симпатіях українців, Тігіпко трохи випереджає Тимошенко - опитування GFK" (in Ukrainian). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  30. ^ "Poroshenko wins presidential election with 54.7% of vote - CEC". Radio Ukraine International. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014.
    (in Russian) Results election of Ukrainian president, Телеграф (29 May 2014)
  31. ^ "Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  32. ^ "Скільки ж поцупив на посаді міністр оборони Гриценко?". Експрес - онлайн. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  33. ^ "СМИ нашли документы о сомнительной продаже Гриценко 24 га земли ВСУ в Киеве" (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  34. ^ "СМИ нашли документы о сомнительной продаже Гриценко 24 га земли ВСУ в Киеве" (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-06-06.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oleksandr Kuzmuk
Minister of Defense
Succeeded by
Yuriy Yekhanurov