Mykhailo Kutsyn

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Mykhailo Kutsyn
Куцин Михайло Миколайович.jpg
Native name
Михайло Миколайович Куцин
Birth nameMykhailo Mykolayovych Kutsyn
Born (1957-08-15) 15 August 1957 (age 61)
Svoboda, Berehove Raion,
Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
AllegianceSoviet Union Soviet Union (1978–1991)
Ukraine Ukraine (1992–2014)
Service/branchRed star with hammer and sickle.svg Soviet Army
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg Ukrainian Ground Forces
RankLieutenant general
Commands heldWestern Operational Command
Armed Forces of Ukraine

Mykhailo Mykolayovych Kutsyn (born 15 August 1957) is a former Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[1][2][3][4] He was appointed Chief of the General Staff by acting president Oleksandr Turchynov on 28 February 2014.[1][5] Kutsyn was dismissed of this post by president Petro Poroshenko on 3 July 2014.[4] Poroshenko thanked Kutsyn and stated he became shell-shocked on 2 July 2014 while combating the 2014 insurgency in Donbass. He had a concussion and was staying at a hospital.[6]

A graduate of tank school, Kutsyn served with the Soviet Army in Kharkiv, Belarus and Germany. He enlisted in the Ukrainian Ground Forces after the nation gained independence in 1991, and was head of the Western Operational Command for six years, before being appointed Deputy Minister of Defence in March 2010.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 2nd Class of Ukraine.png Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 2nd class (2008)[7]
Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd Class of Ukraine.png Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd class (2005)[8]
Medal For military service to Ukraine ribbon.PNG Medal For Military Service to Ukraine (1997)[9]
CombatRibbon.png Medal for Battle Merit (Soviet award)


  1. ^ a b "Mykhailo Kutsyn appointed commander-in-chief of Ukrainian army". KyivPost. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Ukraine Finds Its Forces Are Ill Equipped to Take Crimea Back From Russia". New York Times. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ Михайло Куцин призначений начальником Генштабу. (in Ukrainian). 1 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory, BBC News (3 July 2014)
    President appoints Muzhenko as commander-in-chief of Armed Forces, Ukrinform (3 July 2014)
  5. ^ Главнокомандующим Вооруженных сил Украины стал генерал-"танкист" Куцин. (in Ukrainian). 28 February 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ Poroshenko: Former Ukrainian General Staff chief shell-shocked in southeastern combat zone, Interfax-Ukraine (3 July 2014)
  7. ^ УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАИНЫ № 745/2008. Official Website of the Acting President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  8. ^ УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 1185/2005. Official Website of the Acting President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  9. ^ Президент України; Указ від 30.09.1997 № 1081/97. Official Website of the Ukrainian Parliament (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 7 March 2014.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of the 24th Motor Rifle Division
1996 - 1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander of the 13th Army Corps
2001 - 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mykola Petruk
Commander of the Western Operation Command
2004 - 2010
Succeeded by
Yuriy Dumansky
Preceded by
Yuriy Ilyin
Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Viktor Muzhenko