Mykhailo Zabrodskyi

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Mykhailo Zabrodskyi
Забродський 2018 01.jpg
Zabrodskyi in 2018
Born (1973-01-24) 24 January 1973 (age 46)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Russia (former)
Service/branchUkrainian Airmobile Forces
Years of service
  • c. 1994–2000
  • c. 2000–present
  • RankLieutenant general
    Commands held
    Battles/warsWar in Donbass
    AwardsHero of Ukraine

    Mykhailo Vitaliyovych Zabrodskyi (Ukrainian: Михайло Віталійович Забродський; born 24 January 1973) is the commander of the Ukrainian Airmobile Forces, a lieutenant general, and a Hero of Ukraine.

    He commanded the 95th Airmobile Brigade during the War in Donbass, during which it conducted a 470 kilometer raid, 170 kilometers into Russian and separatist-held territory.

    Early life[edit]

    Zabrodskyi was born on 24 January 1973[1] in Dnipropetrovsk, the son of an officer.[2] He graduated from the A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy in Saint Petersburg and served for five years in the Russian Armed Forces before returning to Ukraine. There, Zabrodskyi became an anti-tank missile platoon commander in the 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade. He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.[3]


    Born in military family from Dnipropetrovsk. In 1989 graduated from high school. From 1989 to 1994 he received military education in St. Petersburg - the Military Space Academy named after O. Mozhaisky, after which he served for five years in military service under the contract in the Russian Federation. After returning to Ukraine he began serving in the 95th separate airmobile brigade as platoon commander.

    In 2005-2006, he was a student at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Freely speaks English.

    In summer of 2014, 95th brigade commanded by Zabrodsky carried out raid in rear of enemy. Within two weeks, performing combat missions, Zabrodsky's crew passed 470 km from Sloviansk to Mariupol, then along the Russian-Ukrainian border, and through Luhansk returned to Sloviansk. According to American military expert Philip A. Karber, this was the longest raid of armed formation in latest history.

    On August 24, 2014, he commanded combined parade battalion of ATO participants at Parade on Independence Day.

    On 1 August 2015, he was promoted to Major general.[4]

    On November 9, 2017 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko informed on his page in social network Facebook that Commander of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mykhaylo Zabrodsky, was appointed new commander of the antiterrorist forces (ATO). Simultaneously with new appointment, during the course of one of the largest rotations in the ATO zone, several brigades of the SSW, including the 25th Airborne and 79th Airborne Assault, entered the collision line.

    Personal life[edit]

    Zabrodskyi speaks English fluently.[2]

    On 29 September 2015, he registered as the first candidate (leading the list) for a seat in the Zhytomyr Oblast Council, affiliated with the Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity".[1] He was elected to a five-year term as a deputy to the Seventh Convocation of the council on 25 October of that year,[5] and serves as a member of the standing committee on regulation, deputy activity, local government, legality, law enforcement, and anti-corruption activities.[6]

    In the July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election Zabrodskyi is placed fourth on the party list of European Solidarity (the party formerly named Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity").[7]

    See also[edit]


    1. ^ a b "Житомирська обласна рада" [Zhytomyr Oblast Council]. Central Election Commission of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
    2. ^ a b Bereza, Anastasiya (9 May 2015). "Герой України Михайло Забродський: Я б з легкістю відмовився від "Золотої Зірки", аби не було війни" [Hero of Ukraine Mykhailo Zabrodskyi: I would easily give up the Gold Star if there was no war]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 8 November 2017.
    3. ^ "Забродський Михайло Віталійович" [Zabrodskyi Mykhailo Vitaliyovych]. (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 8 November 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
    4. ^ "Про присвоєння військового звання" [On awarding of military rank]. Verkhovna Rada. Decree No. 464/2015 (in Ukrainian). 1 August 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
    5. ^ "Україна, Житомирська обласна рада" [Ukraine, Zhytomyr Oblast Council]. Central Election Commission of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 25 October 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
    6. ^ "Забродський Михайло Віталійович" [Zabrodskyi Mykhailo Vitaliyovych]. Zhytomyr Oblast Council (in Ukrainian). 17 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
    7. ^ Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian) Missing or empty |title= (help)

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