Andriy Livytskyi

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Andriy Mykolayovych Livytskyi
Андрій Миколайович Лівицький
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1st President of Ukraine in exile
In office
July 16, 1948 – January 17, 1954
Preceded by position created
Succeeded by Stepan Vytvytskyi
3rd Chairman of the Directory
In office
May, 1926 – July 16, 1948
Preceded by Symon Petliura
Succeeded by position reformed
(as President of Republic)
Prime Minister of UPR
In office
President Directoria
Preceded by Pylyp Pylychuk
Succeeded by Vyacheslav Prokopovych
Prime Minister of UPR
In office
October 14, 1920 – November 18, 1920
President Directoria
Preceded by Vyacheslav Prokopovych
Succeeded by Pylyp Pylychuk
Personal details
Born (1879-04-09)9 April 1879
Krasnyi Kut, near Liplyave, Poltava Governorate
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Karlsruhe, Germany
Nationality Ukrainian

Andriy Mykolaiovych Livytskyi (Ukrainian: Андрій Миколайович Лівицький; born April 9, 1879 in Lyplyavo, the Russian Empire (now Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine)[1] — died January 17, 1954) was a Ukrainian politician, diplomat, statesman, and lawyer.

He was president of the Ukrainian People's Republic in exile (1948–1954) and the Chairman of the Directory prior to reforming that office into the presidential.


Andriy Livytskyi was born on 9 April 1879 in Lyplyavo (at the time part of the Russian Empire) into an old Cossack family. He finished the Gymnasium of Pavlo Halahana in Kiev, and later went on to study at the mathematical and juridical faculties of the St. Volodymyr Kiev University in 1896. In 1897 and 1899 he was held in the Lukyanivska Prison in Kiev for participation in protests. He was expelled from the university and exiled to Poltava Governorate under the secret surveillance of police for taking part in the student's strike of 1899. After obtaining his university diploma in 1903, he served in the Lubny Circuit Court, and then, since 1905, he was a barrister of the Kharkiv Court Chamber, and in 1913–1917 an elected judge of Zolotonosha uyezd in the Poltava Governorate. In his studential years, he took part in the Ukrainian independence movement, heading one of the organization's bases in Kiev.

From 1901, he belonged to the Revolutionary Ukrainian Party (RUP), heading its regional headquarters in Lubny. He was jailed once again in connections to the revolutionary activities of 1906 and after escaping was imprisoned again in 1907. Since 1917, Livytskyi was a member of the Central Rada and the Peasant Union (Ukraine). In the period of the Hetmanate (1918), he was a member of the Ukrainian National Union, in opposition to the government of Pavlo Skoropadsky. Later during the time of the Directorate of Ukraine, he was one of the founders of the Labour Council of Ukraine - the highest governing body of Ukraine. Livytskyi also held positions as the Minister of Justice and the deputy of the Rada of National Ministers of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) in 1919, as well as the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Isaak Mazepa in 1919. From October 14 to November 18, 1920 he served as the Prime Minister of the Ukrainian People's Republic.

Since October 1919, he was in the Ukrainian delegation to Warsaw, where he was working on the formation of the Ukrainian-Polish agreement, which was signed in 1920. After the defeat of the Ukrainian national movement for independence, he was forced to emigrate. From 1920-1948, he served as the head of the government of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) in exile. After Symon Petliura's assassination, he became the head of the Directorate of Ukraine and assumed the post of the Chief Otaman of the Ukrainian People's Republic Army in exile in 1926.

Since that time to the time of his death, Livytskyi served as the head of state for the government of the UPR. He lived in Warsaw under constant watch of the Polish police. After the end of World War II, Livytskyi had goals of consolidating his political activities and reorganizing the government of the UPR in exile which its first session was opened on July 16, 1948 in Augsburg, Germany. In cooperation with Isaak Mazepa, he created the Ukrainian National Rada in exile in 1948 and became the First President of the Ukrainian People's Republic in exile.

He died on 17 January 1954 in Karlsruhe, Germany, and was later buried in a cemetery in Munich and later his ashes were transferred to Ukrainian Memorial Cemetery in Bound Brook in the vicinity of New York City, United States.


  1. The area where Andriy Livytskyi was born was in the Zolotonosha uyezd of Poltava Governorate, now the Cherkasy Oblast of central Ukraine.

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Political offices
Preceded by
President of Ukraine in exile
Succeeded by
Stepan Vytvytskyi
Military offices
Preceded by Chief of General Bulawa
Chief Otaman

Succeeded by
position liquidated