|Acting Minister of Defence of Ukraine|
25 March 2014 – 3 July 2014
|Prime Minister||Arseniy Yatsenyuk|
|Preceded by||Ihor Tenyukh|
|Succeeded by||Valeriy Heletey|
|Born||26 February 1956|
Izyaslav, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, USSR
|Alma mater||Frunze Military Academy|
Mykhailo Koval (Ukrainian: Михайло Володимирович Коваль; 26 February 1956) is a Colonel General of Ukraine who until 2014 worked in the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. During the 2014 Crimea crisis he was appointed as the Minister of Defence replacing Admiral Ihor Tenyukh who resigned.
In 1979 Koval graduated the Kamianets-Podilsky Higher Military-Engineer Command School. Until 1987 he served in the Soviet Airborne Troops (VDV), after which he entered the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow and graduated it in 1990. In 1990-95 Koval served in a VDV training centre.
In 1997 he also graduated the National University of Defense of Ukraine. In 1997-99 Koval worked in commanding positions of the Northern Operation Command, in 1999–2001 - the Western Operation Command. In 2001-02 he served as the First Deputy Commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine, since 2002 and until 2013 - the First Deputy Commander of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
Awards and decorations
- Order of Merit (Ukraine)
- Medal For Military Service to Ukraine
- Defender of the Motherland Medal
- Dignity and Honour Commendation
- Order of the Red Star
- Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR
- Medal for Battle Merit
- Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Medal "For Impeccable Service"
- Heletei appointed Ukrainian defense minister, Interfax-Ukraine (3 July 2014)
- Verkhovna Rada appointed Acting Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval. Ukrayinska Pravda. March 25, 2014
- Unknown kidnapped a Colonel General in Crimea. Espreso. March 5, 2014
- Leadership of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
|| Commander of the 30th Armoured Division
|| Commander of the 80th Airmobile Regiment
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