Welcome to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council

Ukrayinska Pravda, Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, December 23, 2007

[1] First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov (BYuT) was born on March
31, 1964 in Dnipropetrovsk. He graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgic
Institute, Department of Technology. Mr. Turchynov worked at Kryvorizhstal. He is an old ally of Yulia Tymoshenko. They used to have a common business in Dnipropetrovsk.

In 1993 he was appointed advisor in economy issues to PM Leonid Kuchma.
Then he became Vice President of Ukrainian Union of Industrialist and
Entrepreneurs. In 1994 Mr. Turchynov was creating Hromada party together
with Pavlo Lazarenko.

In 1998, he was elected to parliament under Hromada party but after scandal around Mr. Lazarenko, he left the faction together with Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna (Motherland). Mr. Turchynov worked in the budget committee.

Since 2002 he has been one of the most active opposition politicians. After
Viktor Yushchenko's victory at the presidential election in 2005 Mr.
Turchynov was appointed the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

In 2005 he was fired together with Yulia Tymoshenko's government. In
2006-2007 Mr. Turchynov was in charge of the BYuT campaign headquarters.

[2] Vice Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunyk (NU-NS) was born on July 7, 1959 in
Lviv region.

In 1981 he graduated from Ivan Franko National University in Lviv,
engineering department. In the second half of the 1990s he was advisor to
Viktor Pynzennyk and PM Viktor Yushchenko.

In April 2003 he was elected to parliament under Our Ukraine list. In 2005,
after Viktor Yushchenko's victory at the presidential election Mr. Vasyunyk
was appointed the First Deputy Head of the President's Secretariat where he
worked ever since.

[3] Vice Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyrya (BYuT) was born on April 5, 1960.

He graduated from Donetsk University, the department of history. Mr. Nemyrya
is associate professor, Ph. D. in History, MP of the two convocations: in
2006 and 2007. In 1996-1998 he was a Vice-Chancellor of Kyiv Mohyla Academy,
head of Vidrodzhennya (Renaissance) Fund. In 2005, Mr. Nemyrya was appointed
Mrs. Tymoshenko's advisor.

In 2006 he was elected to parliament under the BYuT list. Mr. Nemyrya was in
charge of international relations of the bloc and organized Mrs. Tymoshenko
trips to foreign countries.

[4] Minister of Education Ivan Vakarchuk (NU-NS) was born on March 6, 1947
in the village of Stari Bratushany, Moldova.

In 1970 he graduated from Ivan Franko State University, department of
physics. In 1970-1973 he was attending post-graduate courses at the
Institute of Theoretical Physics. In 1990 he became Chancellor of Ivan
Franko State University in Lviv.

Mr. Vakarchuk has completed over 200 scientific works. He is the father of
Ukrainian rock-n-roll icon Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.

[5] Minister of Transport Yosyp Vinsky (BYuT) was born on January 2, 1956
in the village of Loshkivtsi, Khmelnytsk region.

He graduated from the agricultural college. Besides, he was educated at the
Higher Party School and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
Ukraine. In 1991 joined the Socialist Party of Ukraine. Mr. Vinsky chaired
Khmelnytsk regional branch of SPU. He has always been considered a grey
eminence in the party.

In July 2006 he left the party after betrayal of Oleksandr Moroz and
formation of the Anticrisis coalition.

[6] Minister of Culture and Tourism Vasyl Vovkun (NU-NS) was born in 1957 in
the village of Mashchonyn. He graduated from Lviv Studio of Theatre Arts and
Karpenko Karyi State Institute of Drama Art in Kyiv.

In 1988 he joined Ukrainian Actors' Association. In 1994, Mr. Vovkun became
a director at the Ukrainian State Centre of Culture Initiatives. He has been
awarded as the best director of music concerts and mass shows in Ukraine.

[7] Minister of Economic Bohdan Danylyshyn (BYuT) is a Doctor of Science,

Mr. Danylyshyn is the author of over 150 scientific works concerning
formation of a regional policy, economics and exploration of nature

[8] Minister of Labor and Social Policy Ludmyla Denysova (BYuT). She is 47.
Mrs. Denysova was MP in the 5th and 6th Verkhovna Rada. She was the Minister
of Finance of the Crimean Republic.

In 2000 Mrs. Denysova was detained charged with power abuse. Soon, this
criminal case was closed. Mrs. Denysova became a devoted fighter against the
Prosecutor General's Office, State Tax Service accusing these state
organizations of destroying financial system in the Crimea.

Yulia Tymoshenko introduced Mrs. Denysova as an ardent supporter of reforms
in the pension system.

[9] Minister of Defense Yuriy Yekhanurov (president's quota) was born on
August 23, 1948 in Yakutia. He graduated from Kyiv Building College, Kyiv
Institute of National Economy, postgraduate courses.

He is a doctor of Economy Sciences. In 2002, he became the professor at
Taras Shevchenko National University.

In 1998 Mr. Yekhanurov was elected to the Verkhovna Rada. From 1999 to 2001
he occupied the office of the First Vice Prime Minister in Viktor Yushchenko's

After discharge of Mr. Yushchenko's government Yuriy Yekhanurov became the
First Deputy Head of the President's Administration. In November 2001, Mr.
Yekhanurov was appointed presidential envoy in the matters for the
Administrative Reform.

In 2002, when Our Ukraine won the parliamentary election Yuriy Yekhanurov
headed parliamentary committee for industrial policy and private business.
In March 2005, Mr. Yekhanurov became the head of Our Ukraine executive

On September 20, 2005 he was appointed the PM, however sacked in early 2006
because of shady gas talks with Russia.
BYuT was one of the factions that initiated discharge of Mr. Yekhanurov's
government. Introducing her government, Yulia Tymoshenko mentioned Yuriy
Yekhanurov only in the end of her speech, saying that he was the president's

[10] Minister of Health Care Vasyl Knyazevych (NU-NS). He was born in March
1956, graduated from Ivano-Frankivsk Medical Institute. Mr. Knyazevych used
to work as an emergency doctor and the chief doctor at all levels.

In 2005, he was appointed the head of health care department of the state
executive secretariat.

[11] Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Petro Krupko (BYuT).
A 49 year old Mr. Krupko used to occupy this position in 2005. According to
Mrs. Tymoshenko, he was an ideal minister.
In 2007, he represented the BYuT in the Central Election Commission.

[12] Minister of Regional Development and Building Vasyl Kuibida (NU-NS) was
born on May 8, 1958 in Komi, Russian Federation. Mr. Kuibida graduated from
Ivan Franko State University in Lviv, department of applied mathematics and
mechanics, Institute of State Governance and Self Government at the Cabinet
of Ministers of Ukraine.

He has been elected the mayor of Lviv several times since 1994. In 2000-2002
he was a Vice President of the Congress for Local and regional Governments
of Europe.

[13] Minister in Matters of Housing and Public Utilities Oleksiy Kucherenko
(NU-NS) was born on April 3, 1961 in Vinnytsya. He graduated from Taras
Shevchenko State University in Kyiv, the department of Cybernetics. Mr.
Kucherenko was MP in the Verkhovna Rada of three convocations.

In 1995, he was the head of Supervisory Council in Poltava ore-dressing and
processing enterprise. In 2005 he became the head of the State Committee
for housing and utilities matters.

[14] Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko (NU-NS). Mr. Lutsenko
participated in the protest action "Ukraine without Kuchma", "Rise, Ukraine".
Also, he is known as one of the Maidan leaders.

He was born on December 14, 1964 in Rivne. Mr. Lutsenko graduated from Lviv
Polytechnic Institute. In 1998-1999 he was advisor to PM Pustovoitenko. Mr.
Lutsenko used to be close to Oleksandr Moroz in 1999-2002.

In 2005 he headed Interior Ministry in Mrs. Tymoshenko's government. In 2007
he headed People's Self-Defense Party.

[15] Minister of Agrarian Policy Yuriy Melnyk (NU-NS) was born on August 5,
1962 in Cherkasy region. He graduated from Agricultural Academy.

In 2002-2003 Mr. Melnyk was the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry for
Agriculture. He used to work as a Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy.
In 2007, Mr. Melnyk was appointed the Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine.

[16] Minister of Industrial Policy Volodymyr Novytsky was born in 1947.
He is Doctor of Engineering, specialist in oil and gas processing.
He has been Deputy Minister of Industrial Policy since 1992. In 2002-2003
Mr. Novytsky was advisor to President Kuchma.

[17] Minister of Justice Mykola Onishchuk (NU-NS) was born on October 26,
1957 in the village of Dolynivka, Zhytomyr region. In 1982 he graduated from
Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, legal department.

Member of the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He refused to join
the Anticrisis coalition with Anatoliy Kinakh.

[18] Minister of Foreign Affairs Volodymyr Ohryzko (president's quota).
Mr. Ohryzko was born on April 1, 1956 in Kyiv. In 1978 he graduated from
Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, department of foreign affairs.

In 1996-1999 he headed the department of foreign affairs and foreign policy
at the President's Administration.

In February 2005, he was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. In 2006 the
Anticrisis coalition refused to support his candidature for the position of
the Foreign Minister.

[19] Minister of Family, Youth and Sport Yuriy Pavlenko (NU-NS) was born
on March 20, 1975 in Kyiv. In 1997 he graduated from Taras Shevchenko
University, department of history. He is a member of Our Ukraine since 2002.
In 2005, Mr. Pavlenko was appointed Minister of Family, Youth and Sport
Yuriy Pavlenko in Mrs. Tymoshenko government.

[20] Minister of Finance Viktor Pynzennyk (BYuT). Mr. Pynzennyk is the head
of the Reforms and Order Party.

He worked in different governments as Vice PM and advisor for economy issues
to President Kuchma. He has been elected to the Verkhovna Rada for four

[21] Minister of Coal Industry Viktor Poltavets is a legendary character in
the coal industry.

He is an organizer of several world records in production of coal. In 1993-
1994 he was a freelance advisor to the president. Since 1999 Mr. Poltavets
has been working as a director of the major state planning enterprises.

[22] Minister of Fuel and Energy Yuriy Prodan (NU-NS) was born on January
27, 1959 in Norilsk, Russia.

From 1985 to 1999 he was working in the energy company KyivEnegro.
In 2001-2005 he was the head of the National Commission for Energy Issues.
During 2005-2006 Mr. Prodan was the First Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister.
Mr. Prodan used to be advisor to Viktor Yushchenko and the First Deputy
Secretary of the National Security ad Defense Council.

[23] Minister of Environmental Protection Heorhiy Filipchuk
Mr. Filipchuk was the head of the BYuT regional election staff in Vinnytsya.
He used to be Viktor Yushchenko's representative at the presidential

[24] Minister for Emergency Matters of Protection of People from the
Consequences of Chernobyl Disaster Vasyl Shandra
In 2002 he was elected to parliament as a member of Viktor Yushchenko


Mr. Shandra was the Minister of Industrial Policy in Tymoshenko's and
Yekhanurov's governments.