Stepan Poltorak

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Stepan Poltorak
Степан Тимофійович Полторак
Stepan Poltorak portrait.jpg
14th Minister of Defence of Ukraine
In office
14 October 2014 – 20 May 2019
PresidentPetro Poroshenko
Preceded byValeriy Heletey
Personal details
Born
Stepan Tymofiyovych Poltorak

(1965-02-11) 11 February 1965 (age 54)
Tarutyne Raion, Odessa Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Military service
AllegianceSoviet Union Soviet Union (1983–1991)
Ukraine Ukraine (1992–2019)
Branch/serviceRed star with hammer and sickle.svg Soviet Army
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg Ukrainian Ground Forces
RankGeneral of the army of Ukraine
CommandsEmblem of the National Guard of Ukraine.svg National Academy of Internal Troops (2002–2014)
Emblem of the National Guard of Ukraine.svg Internal Troops/National Guard (2014)

Stepan Poltorak (Ukrainian: Степан Полторак) is the former Minister of Defence of Ukraine (14 October 2014 to 20 May 2019). Previously he was the commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine and National Guard of Ukraine.[1] Poltorak's rank was General of the army of Ukraine.[2] From 1 January 2019, Poltorak remained the country's defense minister as a civilian, after resigning from military service in October 2018.[3] Poltorak resigned at the request of newly inaugurated president Volodymr Zelenskiy on 20 May 2019.

Biography[edit]

Poltorak shaking hands with veterans at the 2017 Kiev Independence Day Parade.

Poltorak was born on 11 February 1965 in the village Vesela Dolyna (located in the Tarutyne Raion, Odessa Oblast).[1] He has served in the military since August 1983.[4] Poltorak is a graduate from Ordzhonikidzevsky highest military command college of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR.[4]

Poltorak has a Ph.D.[1] In 2003 he successfully defended his thesis on "Pedagogical conditions of the skills of the commander unit in the future officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine".[4]

In March 2002 Poltorak was appointed head of the Academy of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kharkiv.[4][5]


Poltorak meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the NATO meeting of defense minister, Februar 14, 2019

On 28 February 2014 acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov appointed Poltorak commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine.[4]

When the National Guard of Ukraine was reestablished on 13 March 2014, Poltorak became its first commander on 15 April 2014.[6][1]

On 14 October 2014, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada approved Poltorak's appointment as Ukraine's Minister of Defence.[7][8][9] , replacing Valeriy Heletey, who was appointed head of the State Security Administration after President Petro Poroshenko accepted his resignation.[10]

President Poroshenko accepted Poltorak's resignation from military service on 13 October 2018.[3] Poltorak stayed on as Minister of Defence.[3]

Family and Personal Life[edit]

Poltorak is married to Inna (who is two years younger than him) and has an adult son called Ihor.[11] His wife is a captain at Poltorak former posting, the Academy of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kharkiv.[11]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd Class of Ukraine.png Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 1th class[3]
Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd Class of Ukraine.png Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd class[12]
Medal For irreproachable service 3rd Class Ukraine ribbon.PNG Medal "For Irreproachable Service"[12]
Ukraine Defender of the Motherland ribbon bar 1999-2015.png Defender of the Motherland Medal[12]
Zhukov rib.png Medal of Zhukov[12]
CombatRibbon.png Medal for Battle Merit[12]
70 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"[12]
10YearsServiceUSSRRibbon.png Medal "For Impeccable Service"[12]
Coat of arms of Kharkiv.svg Honorary citizen of Kharkiv[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Turchynov proposes parliament appoint Poltorak as National Guard commander, Interfax-Ukraine (19 March 2014)
  2. ^ http://zakon5.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/581/2015
  3. ^ a b c d Poltorak quits military service, continues to lead Defense ministry as civilian – Poroshenko, UNIAN (13 October 2018)
    Poltorak quits military service to continue leading Ukrainian Defense Ministry as civilian, Interfax-Ukraine (13 October 2018)
  4. ^ a b c d e (in Ukrainian) Turchynov appointed a new commander of the Internal Troops Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine, Espreso TV (28 February 2014)
  5. ^ (in Russian) Former head of the Kharkov Academy of Internal Troops became the commander of the National Guard, sq.com.ua (15 April 2014)
  6. ^ Parliament appoints Poltorak as commander of National Guard of Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine (15 April 2014)
  7. ^ "Poltorak becomes Defense Minister". ukrinform.ua. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Rada okays Poltorak's appointment as Ukrainian defense minister". Interfax-Ukraine (14 October 2014). Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Rada approves Poltorak as defense chief". unian.info. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Ukrainian Ex-Defense Minister Appointed Head of State Protection Service". RIA Novosti. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  11. ^ a b (in Russian) Poltorak's wife is the captain of the militia, Vesti (15 October 2014)
  12. ^ a b c d e f g (in Ukrainian) Biography on the official website of Kharkiv
  13. ^ (in Russian) Small biography, LB.ua (10 October 2016)

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
post of Commander of the Internal Troops
Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine
2014
Succeeded by
Oleksandr Kryvenko
as acting
Preceded by
Serhiy Yarovyi
Commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine
2014
Succeeded by
post of Commander of the National Guard[1]
Educational offices
Preceded by
Chief of the Internal Troops Academy
2002–2014
Succeeded by
Volodymyr Penkov