Vitaliy Kim

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Vitaliy Kim
Віталій Кім
Виталий Ким .jpg
Governor of Mykolaiv Oblast
Assumed office
25 November 2020
Preceded byHeorhiy Reshetilov
Personal details
Born
Vitaliy Oleksandrovych Kim

(1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 41)
Mykolaiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Yuliya Vitalivna Kim

Vitaliy Oleksandrovych Kim (Ukrainian: Віталій Олександрович Кім; born 13 March 1981) is head of the Mykolayiv Regional Military Administration.[1] Vitaliy is a Ukrainian Koryo-saram businessman and politician who has been the Governor of Mykolaiv Oblast since 2020.

Biography[edit]

Vitaliy Oleksandrovych Kim was born on 13 March 1981 in Mykolaiv. His father, Oleksandr, is an honored basketball coach of Koryo-saram ancestry, and was a player on the Soviet Union youth team.[2]

Kim graduated from the Mykolaiv Gymnasium No. 2 and the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding with a degree in enterprise economics.[2][3]

In 1998, he began to engage in entrepreneurial activity. He was the managing partner of the Ushuaja entertainment complex.[3]

In 2003, he worked for the Ukrpromresurs company, which was engaged in public sector auditing. From 2005 to 2011 he managed a number of enterprises in Mykolaiv, was engaged in international investments. From 2015 to 2016, he headed the analytical department of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine.[3] He is also a founder of a group of development companies, engaged in the construction of residential complexes "Orange", "Concert" and "Uyutny".[4]

Political activity[edit]

In 2019, he was a volunteer of the Mykolaiv branch of the Servant of the People party in the presidential and parliamentary elections.[4] During the local elections of 2020, he was a candidate for deputies of the Mykolaiv city council from Servant of the People under No. 2,[clarification needed] while remaining non-partisan.[5] Kim was also the head of the party's election headquarters and campaigned for the city and regional councils.[2][3]

On 25 November 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed Kim governor of Mykolaiv Oblast.[6]

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kim's role as governor of Mykolaiv Oblast made him prominent as Mykolaiv faced an ultimately-unsuccessful attack from Russian forces. Regarded by western sources such as The Economist as a charismatic leader,[7] he has held daily video updates of the oblast's situation, which have garnered a following and established him as a popular figure across Ukraine due to his wit and mockery of the Russian Army.[8] On 29 March 2022, his office was hit by a Russian missile in an airstrike, killing at least 37 people.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

He is married to Yuliya Vitalivna Kim, and is raising three children.[2] They have two daughters, Yevheniya and Oleksandra, and one son, Ruslan.[2]

In addition to his native Ukrainian, Kim speaks Russian and English, in addition to some French and Korean, the latter owing to his Koryo-saram ancestry.[2]

Health[edit]

On 9 December 2020, Kim stated that his wife may have contracted COVID-19 and went into self-isolation.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter https://twitter.com/vitalij_kim. Retrieved 2022-05-14. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Акимова Юлия (2020-10-16). ""Вставай и делай что-то полезное...": интервью с руководителем штаба "Слуги народа" в Николаеве Виталием Кимом". news.pn (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  3. ^ a b c d "Виталий Ким". Слово и Дело (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  4. ^ a b Середа Катерина (2020-06-01). "Арахамия рассказал, кто возглавит избирательный штаб "Слуги народа" в Николаеве". nikvesti.com (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  5. ^ "Миколаївська міська рада". cvk.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  6. ^ "Президент назначил Виталия Кима главой Николаевской ОГА". Официальное интернет-представительство Президента Украины (in Russian). 2020-11-25. Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  7. ^ "Still Mykolaiv: A charismatic governor leads the defence of a strategic Ukrainian port". The Economist. 16 March 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Twelve dead in strike on Mykolaiv governor's office". British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  9. ^ Zinets, Natalia (1 April 2022). "Death toll rises to 31 from strike on government building in Ukraine's Mykolaiv". Reuters. Retrieved 16 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Після сесії Миколаївської облради голова ОДА заявив, що має симптоми COVID-19 йде на самоізоляцію". mykolaiv-yes.com.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2020-12-10.