Operation Command North

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Territorial Directorate "North"
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(The Territorial Directorate "North" is shown in green)
Active 1996 - present
Country Ukraine
Branch Ground Forces
Role administrative control[1]
Garrison/HQ Chernihiv[2]
Anniversaries 15 August
Chief of the Directorate Major General Anatoliy Syrotenko
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The Territorial Directorate "North" was created on the basis of Northern Territorial Operational Command by the directive №322/1/010 of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine on 20 May 2005 [1]

The previous Northern Operational Command was created in 1996[3] and based on the 1st Army Corps that continued the traditions of the 1st Guard Red-Banner Army. It encompassed six oblasts: Poltava, Sumy, Kiev, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, and Cherkasy. The command consisted of units and military formations of the 8th Army Corps.

On 15 August 2005, temporary Chief of the Directorate Colonel Yuriy Horoliuk signed the first Order within the Directive. This day is considered the creation date for the Directorate. The Territorial Directorate "North was the first to switch to a new system of control.[1]


The Directorate is responsible for territory spanning over 196,000 km2 (75,676 sq mi), in which 15,000,000 people live. The oblasts (provinces) of Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Kiev, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, and Cherkasy all are under the Directive control. The Directorate is in charge of 7 oblast and Kiev City Military Commissariat, 135 regional military commissariats, 530 military units and bases.[1]


Main mission of the Directorate is:[1]

  • organization of territorial defence;
  • recruitment of conscripts and contract soldiers;
  • maintenance of infrastructure.

List of Chief of Directorate[edit]

Military Rank Name Term of Office
Start End
Colonel Yuriy Horoliuk[1] 15 August 2005
Major General Serhiy Bessarab[1]
Major General Anatoliy Syrotenko[1] present

See also[edit]