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Boris Kozhyn
Native name Борис Борисович Кожин
Born 25 October 1944(1944-10-25) (age 78)
Place of birth Pskov, Russian SFSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch  Soviet Union
 Ukrainian Navy
Years of service 1968–2002
Rank Vice Admiral (1993)
Counter admiral (1987)
Captain of 2nd rank (1980)
Commands held Ukrainian Navy (1992–1993)
Crimean Naval Base (1992)
OVR brigade (1980–1986)

Boris Kozhin or Borys Kozhyn (Ukrainian language: Борис Борисович Кожин ); 25 October 1944) is the former Commander of the Ukrainian Navy (April 1992 – October 1993). He became the first commander of the revived Ukrainian Navy.

Borys Kozhyn was born in Pskov in 1944 in a family of the World War II veteran who was repressed in 1947 and convicted for 25 years, but in 1956 rehabilitated. In 1959 Kozhyn family moved to Lutsk where lived relatives of Borys Kozhyn's mother. Borys' mother herself is from a small of Pidhaitsi (historical region of Halychyna).

Upon finishing school in 1961 Kozhyn worked as a mechanic at the Lutsk vehicle maintenance factory. In 1963 he became a champion of Volyn, a vice-champion of Ukraine in cycling and won a bronze medal of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR in road bicycle racing, competition for which in the framework of the spartakiad was taking place in Ternopil.

In 1968 Kozhyn graduated the Frunze Naval College in Leningrad with specialty "Antisubmarine armament" as an electrical engineer. Upon graduation (August 1968 - November 1971) he was placed as a commander assistant and commander of an anti-submarine boat PR-201 (predecessor of Poti-class corvette)[1][lower-alpha 1] (military unit 99724) that was part of the Black Sea Fleet division of ships carrying out security of water district (Russian: дивизия кораблей ОВР, divizia korablei OVR) in Sevastopol. During that period he also served as a commander assistant of a patrol ship (Russian: сторожевой корабль) PR-159 (Petya-class frigate) (military unit 20935) in Donuzlav.

In 1971-72 Kozhyn was an academic auditor of the Naval higher special officership classes, Leningrad. In 1972-75 he was a commander of a patrol ship PR-159[lower-alpha 2] in Donuzlav and after that a chief of staff for a brigade of minesweepers (military unit 34234), Black Sea Fleet Naval base in Donuzlav.

In 1978-80 Kozhyn was an academic auditor of the Grechko Naval Academy in Leningrad. After that he was a commander of security brigade of water district (military unit 26977), Black Sea Fleet Naval base in Sevastopol. In 1986-92 he served as a chief of staff – commander assistant of the Black Sea Fleet Naval base (military unit 99324) in Donuzlav. During that period in 1987-88 Kozhyn was a member of the Crimean regional council.

In February – April 1992 Kozhyn was a commander of the Black Sea Fleet Crimean Naval base (today Southern Naval base) in Donuzlav. On 1 December 1991, the Crimean Naval base voted for the Ukrainian independence referendum with 93% of approval for independence.


  1. some sources claim that Kozhyn was assigned to MPK-5,[2] yet in 1968 that ship was just built and was not assigned to any fleet until 1970.
  2. some sources state that he commanded SKR-6 (Mirka-class frigate) and later SKR-112 (Petya-class frigate).


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Military offices
Preceded by
revived post
Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi (UNR)
Naval Commander of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Volodymyr Bezkorovainy

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