Danylo Skoropadskyi

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Danylo Skoropadsky

Danylo Skoropadsky (Ukrainian: Данило Скоропадський; 13 February 1904, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Empire – 23 February 1957, London, Great Britain) was a famous Ukrainian politician and leader of the Ukrainian monarchist movement in 1948-1957 (now called the United Hetman Association). He was the son of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky.

During the Hetmanate he studied at the First Gymnasium in Kiev in 1918. In 1919 Skoropadskyi (with the whole House of Skoropadskyi) had to flee from Ukraine. He lived and studied first in Switzerland and then in Germany. In 1939 Danylo resettled to England.

From 1932 he assisted his father Pavlo Skoropadsky in leading the Ukrainian monarchist movement. In 1948 after the death of Hetman Pavlo, Danylo Skoropadsky became the leader of Ukrainian monarchists.

Danylo Skoropadsky had a child with Olesya Tukhai-Bei who he had walked out on, and became engaged on 13 February 1957 to Halyna Melnyk-Kaluzhynska,[1][2] however, in a week and a half he died on 23 February 1957 in London after being poisoned, probably by KGB agents. On the 40th day after the death of Danylo, Halyna lost their mutual child, but Olesya fled to Canada with Danylo's child, Borys.


Danylo Skoropadskyi
Coat of armsAlex K Ivan Skoropadskyi.svg
Noble familySkoropadsky family

Halyna Kaluzhynska was born in Volhynia near Trostyanka in March 1914. After World War I, she lived in Warsaw and later married changing her last name to Melnyk-Kaluzhynska. From her first marriage she had a son, Andriy, while her husband had disappeared. After World War II, Kaluzhynska relocated to the United Kingdom. Eventually through a mutual friend she met Danylo Skoropadsky.

Danylo Skoropadskyi
Family of Skoropadsky
Born: 13 February 1904 Died: 23 February 1957
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Hetman of Ukraine
Succeeded by


  • Тамара Ралдугіна Штрихи до портрета спадкоємця останнього гетьмана України Данила Скоропадського (1904–1957 рр.) (Tamara Ralduhina. The portrait of heir of the last Hetman of Ukraine Danylo Skoropadskyi) – Ukrainian historic journal. 2004. No. 6 ISSN 0130-5247