Operation Command South

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Operation Command South
UA Ground Forces Commands.svg
OC South (blue)
Active January 1998 – present
Country Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Allegiance Zsu prapor.jpg Armed Forces of Ukraine
Branch Army
Type Military district
Role Combined
Part of File:Sv emblem.jpg Ukrainian Ground Forces
Garrison/HQ Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Major General Anatoliy Syrotenko
Sleeve patch

The Operation Command South (OC South) is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces in the southern part of Ukraine, which was formed in January 1998 as the Southern Operation Command on the basis of the Odessa Military District and headquartered in Odessa.

The Southern OK covers 9 oblasts and autonomous republics: Odessa, Kirovohrad, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk oblasts and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

In 2005-2013 it was known as the Southern Operation Association. In 2015 eastern parts of the operation command territory were passed on to newly formed Operation Command East based in Dnipropetrovsk. The headquarter of the OC South was relocated from Odessa to Mykolaiv.


By 1 July 2006, the Southern Operational Command included 6th Army Corps (6 AK) and other units comprising:

Exercises that command units have taken part in include "Autumn-98", "reaction", "Southern redoubt-99", "Redoubt-2000", including peacekeeping – series of "Peace Shield", "Cossack Steppe," "common neighborhood", "Sea Breeze", "Fairway of Peace," "South," "cooperative partner" joint exercises with units of the armed forces of France and Italy.[1]


Colonel General Volodymyr Shkidchenko commanded the Odessa Military District from December 1993 until it became the Southern Operational Command in February 1998.

  • February 1998 – September 1998, Colonel General Volodymyr Shkidchenko
  • 30 September 1998 – 19 December 2001, Colonel General Oleksandr Zatynaiko
  • 2001 – 2004, Lieutenant-General Volodymyr Mozharovsky
  • ? November 2003 – July 2005, Lieutenant General Hryhoriy Pedchenko
  • 11 July 2005 – 25 June 2007, Lieutenant-General Ivan Svyda
  • 10 July 2007 – 10 May 2012, Lieutenant-General Petro Lytvyn further appointed commander 8th Army Corps (Ukraine) (Zhytomyr)
  • Major General Ihor Fedorov (Acting) Chief of Staff
  • 2 July 2012 – Major General Anatoliy Sirotenko[2]


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