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Government of Ukraine
Уряд України
Lesser Coat of Arms of Ukraine.svg
Coat of arms of Ukraine
State Ukraine
Leader Prime Minister
Appointed by Ukrainian parliament on proposition of the Prime Minister of Ukraine
Main organ Cabinet of Ministers
Ministries 17
Responsible to President and Parliament
Headquarters Government Building
Hrushevsky Street, Kiev

Government of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Уряд України, Uryad Ukrayiny) includes all the collective government bodies of Ukraine.[1] The first modern national government of Ukraine was established in 1917 as the regional government of the Russian Republic - General Secretariat. General Secretariat was officially recognized by the Russian Provisional Government on 1 September 1917.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Кабінет Міністрів України, Kabinet ministriv Ukrayiny), commonly referred to as the Cabinet of Ministers, is the highest body of state executive power in Ukraine.[2] Also there often is used a portmanteau CabMin. The Cabinet is a collegiate body consisting of the Cabinet's presidium composed of five individual and several ministries that are represented by their respective minister. Some ministries maybe headed by members of the Cabinet presidium (Vice Prime Ministers). The presidium of Cabinet is composed of the Prime Minister of Ukraine who presides over the Cabinet and who is assisted by his First Vice Prime and other Vice Prime ministers. The Secretariat of Cabinet of Ministers ensures the operations of the cabinet.


The number of ministries in the cabinet has changed over time, some ministries were abolished, others combined with others or degraded to state committees or agencies. The Cabinet is responsible to the President of Ukraine and is under the control and being held accountable to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament). It consists of the Prime Minister, the First Vice-Prime Minister, three[3] Vice-Prime Ministers, and other Ministers, who head their assigned Ministries (departments). At one point of time there also was an institute of "state ministries" that was majorly abolished on February 25, 1992 by the Presidential Decree (#98). The Secretariat of Cabinet of Ministers supports the effective operation of the government.[4] Structural part of the secretariat is also the office of the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Parts of Cabinet meetings are broadcast live on Ukrainian TV.[5]

Duties and authority

Government Building in Hrushevsky Street, Kiev

The duties of the cabinet of ministers are described in the Article 116 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Members of the government (cabinet) are citizens of Ukraine, who have the right of vote, higher education, and possess the state language (Ukrainian language). The members of the government cannot have judgement against them that has not been extinguished and taken away in the established legal order. Members of the Cabinet and chief officers of central and local bodies of executive power may not combine their official activity with other work, except teaching, scholarly and creative activity outside of working hours, and/or to be members of an administrative body or board of supervisors of an enterprise that is aimed at making profit. In case if a People's Deputy of Ukraine was appointed to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine he or she resigns as a member of parliament and his/hers letter of resignation is reviewed immediately at the next session of the Ukrainian parliament.

At the sessions of the Cabinet may participate the President of Ukraine or his representative. During the plenary sessions of the Ukrainian parliament People's Deputies of Ukraine have the Time of questions to the Government during which the whole Cabinet participates and answers to all queries of members of parliament.


The Cabinet issues resolutions and orders that are mandatory for execution. Normative legal acts of the Cabinet, ministries, and other central bodies of executive power are subject to registration. Failure to register invalidates the act. (see Article 117) The Cabinet also possesses the power of legislative initiative and may introduce its own bills to the parliament (Verkhovna Rada). The members of Cabinet and deputy ministers may be present at the sessions of the parliament and participate in discussions. Every year no later than September 15 the Cabinet submits a bill on the State Budget of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada.

The sessions of the Cabinet are considered plenipotentiary if more than a half of the Cabinet's members participate in them. In case if a minister cannot participate at the sessions he or she may be replaced by a deputy with a consultative capacity. On propositions of other members of the Cabinet a consultative capacity may be awarded to other participants who allowed at the sessions of the Cabinet. Over the sessions presides the Prime Minister of Ukraine, while in his(hers) absent - the First Vice Prime Minister.

The decisions of the Cabinet are adopted by the majority of the Cabinet's composition. In case of votes equality the vote of the Prime Minister is considered to be decisive.

Appointment and dismissal

The Verkhovna Rad (parliament) has five days to approve the Prime Minister after the President proposes a candidate.[6] A vote in parliament is required to approve the Prime Minister, but ministerial appointments do not need such a vote.[4][6] The President can dismiss any government minister or deputy minister unilaterally at any time.[7][8]

The entire Cabinet has to be dismissed following the prime minister's resignation.[9]

The president can order the Cabinet to carry out its duties until a new Cabinet begins to work.[9] But then it will only be able to implement its duties for no more than 60 days.[10]

The composition of Cabinet is determined by the President of Ukraine on the petition of the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The legislation on Labor and State Service do not cover regulations of Cabinet's members. Positions of Cabinet of Ministers are political and are regulated by the Constitution of Ukraine and the Law of Ukraine on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada terminates the powers of members of parliament appointed to the Cabinet of Ministers.[11]

2004 Constitutional amendments

Under the terms of Article 83 of Ukraine's Constitution a governing coalition needs to be formed by factions (rather than by individuals) that represent a majority of the parliament (Verkhovna Rada), a "coalition of parliamentary factions" (Ukrainian: Коаліція парламентських партій).[12] A February 2010 law on the parliament's regulations does demand both a decision by the factions and 226 signatures by Members of Parliament.[13] On October 1, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared the constitutional amendments of 2004 illegal, thus abolishing the principle of coalition creation in the parliament (Constitution of Ukraine).[14][15] In February 2014 the parliament passed a law that reinstated the 2004 amendments of the constitution.[16] Three days later they also terminated the powers of five judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine appointed from the parliament's quota, for violating their oath.[17]

Other Central Bodies of Executive Power

State agencies under direct coordination with CabMin


Independent agencies


Seal of the Cabinet of Ministers
Current Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
party key
Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity"
People's Front
Self Reliance
Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko
Presidential nominations President Petro Poroshenko
Logo Office Incumbent[18]
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk[19]
Vice Prime Minister (communal housing and regional policy) Hennadiy Zubko
Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Communal Living
Vice Prime Minister (humanitarian policy) Vyacheslav Kyrylenko
Minister of Culture
Vice Prime Minister (infrastructure, ecology, and construction) Valeriy Voshchevsky (until 17 September 2015)[20]
vacant (no new appointment)
Геральдичний знак - емблема МВС України.svg Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov
MFA UA.png Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin[21]
Міністерство фінансів України.png Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko
Emblem of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.svg Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak[21]
Emblem of the Pension Fund of Ukraine.png Minister of Social Policy Pavlo Rozenko
Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko
Emblem of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.png
Minister of Health Alexander Kvitashvili
Mon ukraine.png Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Kvit
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (Ukraine) 01.png Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavičius
Emblem of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine.png Ministry of Fuel and Energy Volodymyr Demchyshyn
Emblem of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.png Minister of Infrastucture of Ukraine Andriy Pyvovarsky
Emblem of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.svg Minister of Information Policy Yuriy Stets
Emblem of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine.PNG Minister of Agriculture Oleksiy Pavlenko (before 4 February 2016 Pavlenko represented Self Reliance)[22]
Logo of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine 2013.gif Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ihor Shevchenko (until 2 July 2015)[23]
Serhiy Kurykin (acting, from 12 August 2015)[24]
Anna Vronsky (acting, since 5 February 2016)[25]
Ministry of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov (Before 17 February 2016 Zhdanov represented Fatherland)[26]
Cabinet of Ukraine.png Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Hanna Onyschenko

Previous executive assemblies

Alternative governments


  1. Cabinet meetings and Governmental Committees
  2. "Article 116". Wikisource. Archived from the original on March 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Yanukovych dismisses Sivkovych and Slauta as vice-premiers
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2007)
  5. First National Channel to broadcast governmental meetings, Kyiv Post (May 19, 2010)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Azarov out for now or out for good as prime minister?, Kyiv Post (3 December 2012)
  7. Yanukovych dismisses Sivkovych and Slauta as vice-premiers, Kyiv Post (October 13, 2010)
  8. Parliament adopts new law on cabinet complying with 1996 Constitution, Kyiv Post (October 7, 2010)
  9. 9.0 9.1 NSDC secretary sees Azarov as likely candidate for premiership, Kyiv Post (3 December 2012)
  10. Serhiy Arbuzov to head Ukraine govt pending premier's appointment, Interfax-Ukraine (6 February 2014)
  11. Rada terminates mandates of Yatsenyuk, eight members of parliament appointed ministers, Kyiv Post (2 December 2014)
  12. Excerpt from April 12 press conference, Responsibility. Lawfulness. People’s Choice, Press office of President Victor Yushchenko (April 12, 2007)
  13. Factions' approval, 226 signatures needed to form coalition in Ukraine's parliament, Kyiv Post (February 12, 2010)
  14. Summary to the Decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine No. 20-rp/2010 dated September 30, 2010
  15. Update: Return to 1996 Constitution strengthens president, raises legal questions, Kyiv Post (October 1, 2010)
  16. Ukrainian parliament reinstates 2004 Constitution, Interfax-Ukraine (21 February 2014)
  17. Rada dismisses Constitutional Court judges appointed from its quota, proposes acting president and congress of judges dismiss the rest, Interfax-Ukraine (24 February 2014)
  18. Rada supports coalition-proposed government lineup, Interfax-Ukraine (2 December 2014)
    Rada approves new Cabinet with three foreigners, Kyiv Post (2 December 2014)
    (Ukrainian) Rada voted the new Cabinet, Ukrayinska Pravda (2 December 2014)
  19. Ukrainian parliament appoints Yatseniuk prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine (27 November 2014)
  20. Ukrainian parliament accepts Deputy PM Voschevsky's resignation, Interfax-Ukraine (17 September 2015)
  21. 21.0 21.1 (Ukrainian) Rada appointed ministers of defense and foreign affairs, Ukrayinska Pravda (2 December 2014)
  22. (Ukrainian) Berezyuk Pavlenko no longer represents the "Self", Ukrayinska Pravda (4 February 2016)
  23. Rada dismisses Ecology Minister Shevchenko, Interfax-Ukraine (2 July 2015)
  24. И.о. министра экологии назначен Сергей Курыкин
  25. (Ukrainian) Cabinet appointed Deputy Minister of Environment Vronsky acting Minister, Ukrayinska Pravda (5 February 2016)
  26. (Ukrainian) "Fatherland" expelled from the party Zhdanova, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 February 2016)

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