Ihor Tenyukh

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Ihor Tenyukh
Ігор Тенюх
Тенюх Ігор Йосипович.jpg
Minister of Defence
In office
27 February 2014 – 25 March 2014
Preceded byPavlo Lebedyev
Succeeded byMykhailo Koval
Personal details
Born (1958-05-23) 23 May 1958 (age 61)
Stryi, Lviv Oblast Ukrainian SSR
Political partyAll-Ukrainian Union Svoboda
Military service
AllegianceSoviet Union Soviet Union
Ukraine Ukraine
Branch/serviceSoviet Navy
Ukrainian Navy
Years of service1979-2010
UnitSubmarine Warfare

Ihor Yosypovych Tenyukh (Ukrainian: Ігор Йосипович Тенюх) is a former Ukrainian admiral and member of the nationalist[1] Svoboda political party. He was the commander of the Ukrainian Navy from 2006 until 2010 when dismissed by Viktor Yanukovych. Tenyukh fully supported the 2013-2014 uprising, and was appointed Minister of Defense of Ukraine in February 2014. After and because of accusations of indecision in the face of the Russian invasion of Crimea, he resigned on 25 March 2014.[2][3][4]


Tenyukh graduated from the Frunze Higher Naval School, Leningrad in 1979 and began his career as a torpedo boat officer.[citation needed] From 1983 to 1991, he rose through the ranks of commander of coastal mine-sweeper, executive officer of, then commander of seagoing mine-sweeper, chief of the armament and equipment stores department on a mine and anti-submarine armament base. He was for a time attached to training and advising the Indian Navy and the Algerian Navy as a liaison officer.[citation needed] In 1991 he became a member of the Defense and State Security Commission of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament), and participated in the development of a bill on the creation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[citation needed]

From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior officer of maintenance of combat actions Department of the Navy of Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, chief of command of the Navy of the Main Staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine, chief of department of directions of the Main operational agency of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.[citation needed] In 1994, he graduated from the U.S. Defense Language Institute, and in 1997 he became a faculty member at National Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to prepare officers on an operational-strategic level. From 1997 to 2005, he was a commander of surface ships brigade and commander of combined arms squadron of the Ukrainian Naval Forces. In 2002, he was commander of the annual activation of the Black Sea Force BLACKSEAFOR.

From November 2005 – 2006 he was deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Pursuant to decree #252/2006 dated March 23, 2006 the Ukrainian President appointed him from Rear Admiral to Commander-in-Chief of the Navy of Ukraine. On August 22, 2008, Tenyukh was promoted from Vice Admiral to the rank of Admiral.[5]

On March 19, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovich dismissed Tenyukh from his position after he was criticized for withdrawing from Crimea too slowly during the Russian annexation.[6]


Tenyukh is a member of the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party.[7]

Euromaidan and Annexation of Crimea[edit]

During the Euromaidan rally in Kiev on January 19, 2014 Tenyukh warned of the dangers posed by the "coup d'etat planned by the current authorities" and called for members of the Armed Forces to defy "illegal" orders from those in power.[8] He was quoted as saying "Tomorrow the regime will enslave you too. Therefore we are calling on you to fulfill your military oath of loyalty to the Ukrainian people, and not to the authorities who have gone off the rails".[8] Tenyukh was appointed on 27 February 2014 by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Minister of Defense. Due to his indecisiveness during the annexation of Crimea, he submitted his resignation to the Ukrainian parliament on 25 of March which accepted it with 228 votes.[9]


Tenyukh has been awarded with orders, medals and departmental rewards.[10]


  1. ^ Sindelar, Daisy (2014-02-27). "Who's Who In Ukraine's 'Kamikaze' Cabinet". Rferl.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  2. ^ Gumuchian, Marie-Louise; Victoria Butenko (25 March 2014). "Ukraine's Parliament ousts defense minister; military upgrade wanted". CNN.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  3. ^ Roland Oliphant, Oliphant (25 March 2014). "Ukraine's defence chief resigns as troops leave Crimea". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ Pemble, Adam; Peter Leonard (25 March 2014). "Ukraine's defense chief resigns as busloads of troops withdraw from Russian-controlled Crimea". US News and World Report. Associated Press. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Повідомлення Управління преси та інформації". Mil.gov.ua. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  6. ^ Zinets, Natalia; Polityuk, Pavel; Robinson, Matt (2014-03-25). Liffey, Kevin (ed.). "Ukraine dismisses defense minister over Crimea". Reuters. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  7. ^ Lütticke, Marcus (26 March 2014). "Far-right weighs on Ukraine government". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  8. ^ a b David Stern (2014-01-19). "BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Clashes after thousands defy protest ban". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  9. ^ Roland Oliphant, Oliphant (25 March 2014). "Ukraine's defence chief resigns as troops leave Crimea". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Authorities of Ukrainian Armed Forces". Mil.gov.ua. 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-03.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Ihor Knyaz
Naval Commander of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Viktor Maksymov
Political offices
Preceded by
Pavlo Lebedyev
Minister of Defense

Succeeded by
Myhailo Koval