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Hetman of Zaporizhian Host
Flag of the Cossack Hetmanat.svg
State flag
Kirill Razumovsky Tokke.jpg
Last Hetman of Zaporizhian Host
Residence Chyhyryn (originally)
Hetman Residence, Baturyn
Appointer General Military Council
Formation 26 January 1648
First holder Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Final holder Kyrylo Rozumovsky
Abolished 17 November 1764

Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (Ukrainian language: Гетьман Війська Запорозького , Russian: Гетман Войска Запорожского, Polish language: Hetman wojsk kozackich ) is a former historic government office and political institution of Cossack Hetmanate (Zaporizhian Host) in Ukraine that was equivalent to a head of state. The office was liquidated on the edict of Russian Governing Senate of 17 November 1764.[1]

Brief history

As a head of state, the position was established by Bohdan Khmelnytsky during the Cossack Hetmanate in the mid 17th century. During that period the office was electoral. All elections, except for the first one, were adapted by the Senior Council in Chyhyryn which, until 1669, served as the capital of Hetmanate.

After the council in Pereyaslav of 1654, several senior cossacks sided with the Tsardom of Russia and, in 1663, they staged the "Black Council" (Chorna Rada) in Nizhyn which elected Ivan Briukhovetsky as an alternative hetman. Since the defeat of Petro Doroshenko in 1669, the Hetman title was adapted by pro-Russian elected hetmans who resided in Baturyn. In the course of the Great Northern War one of them, Ivan Mazepa, decided to revolt against Russian rule in 1708, which later drew terrible consequences for the Cossack Hetmanate as well as the Zaporizhian Host. The administration was moved to Hlukhiv where the Mazepa's doll was publicly executed and anathema was laid against him by the Russian Orthodox Church. Later in the late 18th century, it was successfully disbanded by the Russian government during the expansion of the Russian territory towards the Black Sea coast.

In 1764, the Russian Empress Catherine the Great issued a secret instruction to Prince Vyazemsky who was Procurator General of the Governing Senate.[2][3]

Instruction to Senate
~ Catherine the Great, 1764

List of office holders

The list includes only Hetmans who belonged to the Cossack Hetmanate. For a full list of all Hetmans of Ukrainian Cossacks, see Hetmans of Ukrainian Cossacks.

# Hetman Elected (event) Took office Left office
1 BChmielnicki.jpg Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Зиновій-Богдан Хмельницький
1648 (Sich) 26 January 1648 6 August 1657 Council of Pereyaslav, Moscow's military union with Hetmanate
2 Yurii Khmelnytsky.png Yurii Khmelnytsky
Юрій Хмельницький
death of his father 6 August 1657 27 August 1657
3 Iwan Wyhowski.PNG Ivan Vyhovsky
Іван Виговський
1657 (Korsun) 27 August 1657
(confirmed: 21 October 1657)
11 September 1659 Attempt for reconciliation with Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth[lower-alpha 1]
4 Yurii Khmelnytsky.png Yurii Khmelnytsky
Юрій Хмельницький
1659 (Hermanivka) 11 September 1659
(confirmed: 11 September 1659)
October 1662 First vassalage to Muscovy,[lower-alpha 2] later agreed to autonomy within Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth[lower-alpha 3]
5 Pavlo Teterya.jpg Pavlo Teteria
Павло "Тетеря" Моржковський
1662 (Chyhyryn) October 1662 July 1665
The period of ruin and civil war
(1) Ivan Briukhovetsky.png Ivan Briukhovetsky
Іван Брюховецький
1663 (Nizhyn) 27 June 1663
(confirmed: 27 June 1663)
17 June 1668 pro-Muscovite faction, changed sides due to Truce of Andrusovo
6 Petro Doroshenko 19.jpg Petro Doroshenko
Петро Дорошенко
1666 (Chyhyryn) 10 October 1665
(confirmed: January 1666)
19 September 1676 Union treaty with Ottomans[lower-alpha 4]
(2) Demian Mnohohrishny.png Demian Mnohohrishny
Дем'ян Многогрішний
1669 (Hlukhiv) 17 December 1668
(confirmed: 3 March 1669)
April 1672 pro-Muscovite faction
7 (3) Ivan Samoylovych.png Ivan Samoylovych
Іван Самойлович
1672 (Cossack Grove) 17 June 1672 August 1687 pro-Muscovite faction
The period of ruin and civil war ended
8 Portret Mazepa.jpg Ivan Mazepa
Іван Мазепа
1687 (Kolomak) 4 August 1687 6 November 1708 "stripped" of a title, discredited
9 I.Skoropadsky.jpg Ivan Skoropadsky
Іван Скоропадський
1708 (Hlukhiv) 6 November 1708 14 July 1722 died
X Pavlo Polubotok1.JPG Pavlo Polubotok
Павло Полуботок
appointed hetman 1722 1724 died in prison
Collegium of Little Russia (Stepan Velyaminov) 1722-1727
10 Danylo Apostol.png Danylo Apostol
Данило Апостол
1727 (Hlukhiv) 12 October 1727 29 March 1734 died
X Yakiv Lyzohub
Яків Лизогуб
appointed hetman 1733 1749 died
Governing Council of the Hetman Office (Aleksei Shakhovskoy) 1734-1745
11 Kirill Razumovsky Tokke.jpg Kyrylo Rozumovsky
Кирило Розумовський
1750 (Hlukhiv) 22 February 1750 17 November 1764 resigned
Collegium of Little Russia 1764-1786 (Pyotr Rumyantsev)

Some historians, including Mykola Arkas,[4] question the legitimacy of the Teteria's elections, accusing the later in corruption.[5] Some sources claim that the election of Teteria took place in January 1663.[6] The election of Teteria led to the Povoloch Regiment Uprising in 1663, followed by greater unrest in the modern region of Kirovohrad Oblast, as well as Polesie (all in the Right-bank Ukraine).[7] Moreover, the political crisis that followed the Pushkar–Barabash Uprising divided the Cossack Hetmanate completely on both banks of the Dnieper River.[7] Coincidentally, on 10 January 1663 the Tsardom of Muscovy created the new Little Russian Office (Prikaz) within its Ambassadorial Office.

Vouched for by Charles Marie François Olier, marquis de Nointel, Yuriy Khmelnytsky was freed from Ottoman captivity and, along with Pasha Ibragim, was sent to Ukraine to fight the Moscow forces of Samoilovych and Romadanovsky. In 1681, Mehmed IV appointed George Ducas the Hetman of Ukraine, replacing Khmelnytsky.

Following the anathema on Mazepa and the election of Ivan Skoropadsky, the Cossack Hetmanate was included in the Russian Government of Kiev in December 1708. Upon the death of Skoropadsky, the Hetman elections were disrupted and were awarded as a gift and a type of princely title, first to Moldavian noblemen and, later, to the Russian Empress' favorites.

On 5 April 1710, the council of cossacks, veterans of the battle at Poltava, elected Pylyp Orlyk as the Hetman of Ukraine in exile. Orlyk waged a guerrilla war at the southern borders of the Russian Empire with support from the Ottoman and Swedish empires.

See also


  1. Following the Muscovite-Polish Truce of Vilna, which withdrew Moscow's military support for the Cossack Hetmanate, Vyhovsky signed the Treaty of Hadiach seeking a federative status as a Polish–Lithuanian–Ruthenian Commonwealth.
  2. Khmelnytsky was forced to sign the revised 1659 Pereyaslav Articles subjugating both state and church to Muscovy. It was not approved by the General Cossack Council.
  3. In 1660, Khmelnytsky signed the Slobodyshche Pact with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth which sought to get rid of Moscow's control over the Hetmanate. The treaty was approved by the General Cossack Council in Korsun.
  4. In 1669, Doroshenko signed the Korsun treaty which provided the Hetmanate with military support and protection for the Ukrainian Exarch.


  1. Kyrylo Rozumovsky at the Jurist Encyclopedia
  2. Podobyed, O. Instructions of Catherine the Great to Senate. Handbook "History of Ukraine. 7-8 grades". Ranok Publishing House. ISBN 9789666724437
  3. Soroka, Yu. Hetmanless period and the last Hetman of Ukraine.
  4. Pavlo Teteria, Hetman of the Right-bank Ukraine. Cossack leaders of Ukraine (textbook).
  5. Lohvyn, Yu. Pavlo Teteria. Hetmans of Ukraine. "Merry Alphabet".
  6. Pavlo Teteria. History of the Great Nation.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Horobets, V. Civil wars in Ukraine of 1650s-1660s. Encyclopedia of history of Ukraine. Vol.2. Kiev: "Naukova Dumka", 2004.

Further reading

  • Dyadychenko, V. Sketches of a social and political system of the Left-bank Ukraine at the end of 17th and the start of 18th centuries. Kiev 1959
  • Smoliy, V. Hetmanate Ukraine. Kiev 1999

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