Volodymyr Ohryzko

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Volodymyr Ohryzko
Володимир Огризко
Volodymyr Ohryzko.jpg
Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine MFA UA Logo trident.svg
In office
January 31, 2007[1] – March 21, 2007
Preceded byBorys Tarasyuk
Succeeded byArseniy Yatsenyuk
9th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine MFA UA Logo trident.svg
In office
December 18, 2007 – March 3, 2009
Preceded byArseniy Yatsenyuk
Succeeded byVolodymyr Khandohiy (acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-01) April 1, 1956 (age 65)
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Volodymyr Stanislavovych Ohryzko (Ukrainian: Володимир Станiславович Огризко; born April 1, 1956) is a Ukrainian diplomat. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine from December 18, 2007 to March 3, 2009, when he was fired by the Ukrainian Parliament.[2] On March 17, 2009 Ohryzko was appointed First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council by President Viktor Yushchenko.[3]


Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko commented on the resignation: "If there were no crisis, he should have been dismissed long ago. I think all questions have been failed. The systematic work on discrediting the government was performed by Mr. Ohryzko". Tymoshenko said she had applied to the faction of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT) at Parliament with a request not to vote for the dismissal of Ohryzko cause that would stir up the political situation in the country. President Viktor Yushchenko called the dismissal of Ohryzko an "untimely and unfounded move from the Verkhovna Rada".[4]

On March 4, 2009 the faction of BYuT at the Verkhovna Rada pledged its preparedness to support reinstatement of Volodymyr Ohryzko as Foreign Minister ("For the sake of preservation of the majority coalition and further effective work of the parliament of Ukraine") if he would apologies to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the Cabinet of Ministers for his actions that, in the opinion of the BYuT caused damage to the reputation of Ukraine. 49 MPs out of 156 from the faction of BYuT voted in favour of the dismissal of Ohryzko a day earlier.[5] Despite this, Ohryzko asked President Viktor Yushchenko not to nominate him for the post of Foreign Affairs Minister in the Cabinet of Ministers on March 5, 2009 and accused BYuT of developing its own foreign policy in parallel to the government's foreign policy.[6]

Ohryzko was placed at number 3 on the electoral list of Ukrainian Platform "Sobor" during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[7] But on 15 October 2012 the party withdrew itself from the national list of this election.[8]

After the resignation, in 2013, Ohryzko have said that it was a big mistake for Ukraine to pause the association agreement with the European Union.[9]


In 1978, Ohryzko graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University.



  1. ^ Laws of Ukraine. Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine order No. 133: On delegating responsibilities of Minister for Foreign Affairs to Volodymyr Ohryzko. Adopted on 2007-01-31. (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ Rada Dismisses Ohryzko Archived 2013-01-05 at archive.today Ukrainian News Agency (March 3, 2009)
  3. ^ "Yuschenko Appoints Ohryzko As NSDC First Deputy Secretary". Kyiv Post. Ukrainian News Agency. March 17, 2009. Archived from the original on November 23, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tymoshenko: Ohryzko Deserves Dismissal". Ukrainian News Agency. March 3, 2009. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "BYT Pledges Preparedness To Support Reinstatement Of Ohryzko As Foreign Minister". Ukrainian News Agency. March 4, 2009. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ohryzko asks president not to nominate him as foreign minister". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. March 5, 2009. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ohryzko, Kapranov Brothers lead Sobor for Parliament". Kyiv Post. Ukrainian News. August 5, 2012. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Українська платформа "Собор" знімається з виборів на користь опозиційних сил [Ukrainian platform "Sobor" removed from the election in favor of the opposition] (in Ukrainian). Krayina. October 13, 2012. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Хто і чому змушує кандидатів зніматись з виборів? – розслідування ТВі [Who and what makes candidates to withdraw from the election? - TBi investigates] (in Ukrainian). TVi. October 15, 2012. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Ex-Foreign Minister Ohryzko says pause in association with EU is big mistake". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. November 22, 2013. Archived from the original on November 23, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Borys Tarasyuk
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (acting)
Succeeded by
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Preceded by
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Volodymyr Khandohiy (acting)