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Viktor Muzhenko
Native name Віктор Миколайович Муженко
Birth name Viktor Mykolayovych Muzhenko
Born 10 October 1961(1961-10-10) (age 61)
Place of birth Vystupovichi, Ovruch Raion,
Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine[1]
Allegiance Soviet Union Soviet Union (1983–1992)
Ukraine Ukraine (1992–present)
Service/branch Red star with hammer and sickle.svg Soviet Army
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg Ukrainian Ground Forces
Rank Lieutenant general
Commands held 8th Army Corps (Ukraine)
(2010-2012)
Armed Forces of Ukraine
(2014)

Viktor Muzhenko (born 10 October 1961[1]) is Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Biography[]

In 1983 Muzhenko graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military Command School.[1] He then served in the Soviet Union's Transcaucasian Military District, ending up being a commander of a motorized infantry battalion.[1] In 1992 he moved to the Carpathian Military District were he till 2000 served as its commander.[1] In 1996 Muzhenko graduated from the Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[1] From 2000 till 2003 he was chief of staff - deputy division commander of the Territorial Directorate "North".[1] From April 2003 to July 2004 he served as chief of staff - first deputy commander of a mechanized brigade of Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent of the multinational force in Iraq.[1] In 2005 Muzhenko graduated from the Faculty training of operational and strategic levels of the National Defence Academy of Ukraine.[1] In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Corps of Ukrainian Ground Forces, a post he held till 2010.[1] In 2010-2012, he served as commander of the 8th Army Corps.[1] On 10 May 2012 Muzhenko was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[1] On 24 August 2012 Muzhenko was awarded the rank of lieutenant general.[1] Muzhenko was elected deputy of the Zhytomyr Oblast Council for the Party of Regions, but left the party in February 2014.[1] 20 May 2014 decree of the Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov appointed him first deputy head of the counterterrorist center at the Security Service of Ukraine.[1]

Muzhenko was appointed Chief of the General Staff by president Petro Poroshenko on 3 July 2014.[2] (According to Poroshenko) at the time his predecessor Mykhailo Kutsyn was suffering from shell-shock and a concussion and was staying at a hospital (he had been wounded while combating the 2014 insurgency in Donbass).[3] Muzhenko had also entered into combat in the Donbass region during the same operation.[1]

Awards and decorations[]

References[]

External links[]

  • Profile at the Official Website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (Ukrainian)


Military offices
Preceded by
Mykhailo Kutsyn
Chief of the General Staff
2014
Incumbent

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