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The Directorate, or Directory (Ukrainian: Директорія, Dyrektoriya) was a provisional revolutionary state committee of the Ukrainian National Republic, formed in 1918 by the Ukrainian National Union in rebellion against Skoropadsky's regime. [1]

During the overthrow of Pavlo Skoropadsky was named as the Executive Council of the State Affairs (Ukrainian: Рада Завідуючих Державними Справами). It dissolved on November 10, 1920. On November 12, 1920 by the 'Law on the Temporary Supreme Authority and the Legislative System of the UNR' the executive council was reformed into a single person government position.



The Directory was formed until a new council was to be elected to form the professional government. It was decided not to restore functioning of the Central Rada which was favored by the SR-centrists Mykhailo Hrushevsky and Vsevolod Holubovych. The new council, the Labor Congress, appointed the Directory as the Extraordinary Government Body in the protection of the republic. It was charged to enact laws in the absence of the Labor Congress due to the political situation in the country, while the Council of the People's Ministers was invested with the executive powers. The Directory consisted of five delegates from various parties and representation groups.


Vynnychenko left the government in hope for the Directory to establish friendly talks with representatives of the Entante[2] while Petliura left the SDPists, thus demonstrating that the Ukrainian government has changed its political agenda and is not the same that signed the treaty in Brest-Litovsk. In light of that a new Prime-Minister was appointed as well, Serhiy Ostapenko who headed his non-socialist government on February 11, 1919. When the talks have failed Ostapenko was replaced by Borys Martos on April 9, 1919.

  1. Volodymyr Vynnychenko (Esdek, Chairman; November 14, 1918 - February 11, 1919)
  2. Symon Petliura (Esdek, delegate of the Sich Riflemen. Chairman, February 11, 1919 - November 10, 1920)
  3. Fedir Shvets (Non-Partisan member, delegate of the Peasant Associations)[3]
  4. Andrii Makarenko (Non-Partisan member, delegate of the Railway Workers)
  5. Opanas Andrievsky (UPSI)
  • Shvets and Makarenko left the country on the state matters on November 15, 1919, but on the Petliura's request May 21, 1920 to return they never responded and were excluded from their duties and obligations.
  • Andrievsky quit the Directory because of the Otaman Volodymyr Oskilko Affair (April 29, 1919).
  • Yevhen Petrushevych, the dictator of the West Ukrainian People's Republic, joined the Directory, in accordance with a resolution of the Labor Congress, but he did not actually participate in the Directory's work and eventually resigned from it.


Post-Hetmanate recovery

With the defeat of the Central Powers in World War I, Skoropadsky could no longer rely on Germany and Austria-Hungary's support. On November 13, 1918 Skoropadky's opponents set up a rival body known as the Directory, whose forces were headed by the newly reformed Sich Rifles. Most of Skoropadsky's troops joined with the Directory during a month long the Ukrainian Civil War. Skoropadsky then turned to some of the Russian officers who were fighting alongside Denikin, forming them into a Special Corps, but these troops were not able to face the Directory troops. On December 19, 1918, the Directory troops took Kiev and overthrew Skoropadsky's regime.

The Directory re-established the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR). The new regime was torn between the pro-nationalistic, including the party of peasant-democrats, and the factions for the federal union with Russia. At the end the idea to reestablish the Central Rada was set aside as well as to recover all its legal acts yet the most important one were preserved. On December 26, 1918 the Directory released its declaration to eliminate the Hetman regime.

By the end of 1918 the Directory began to be dominated by the Ukrainian military leader, Symon Petliura.

Faced by many enemies on all sides the UNR's army was organised to face each threat. To the North-east were the Bolsheviks, to the south-east were the Russian Whites, to the south-west Romanians who had claims on territory in Bucovina and Halychyna, and the French intervention force took Odessa in December 1918 to fill the power vacuum left by the withdrawing Austrians and Germans. Coming quickly to some understanding with the French and the Romanians, the UNR's army was able to employ more men on other fronts.

Change of powers 1919-1920

With major fighting breaking out in January 1919, the Ukrainians were pushed back and Kiev fell in February 1919. The government moved to Vinnytsia on February 5, 1919. A political trick took place that the Directory tried to play with Volodymyr Vynnychenko resignation to demonstrate a change of powers in the Ukrainian government and maybe attain a possible acceptance with the Entante. Symon Petliura has left the party and replaced the Vynnychenko's position who was too well known. Petliura has assumed the position of the Directory's chairman on February 11, 1919, a week after the government moved to Podillia. The talks, alias, were proved to be without results. By May 1919, the Directory's armies had been squeezed into a narrow strip of land around Brody. Soviets then negotiated with the Poles, who were attacking the Ukrainians from behind, with this ceasefire, the Ukrainians were able to counter-attack and re-take Podilia and established a new capital in Kamianets-Podilskyi. In June, the UNR's forces were joined by the Western Ukrainian Republic's forces, who had been pushed out of Galicia by the Poles. During that time (May 1919), General Denikin and his white army launched an offensive against the Reds, during the summer and autumn of that year. The White Guards forces pushed the Reds out of the Central and Eastern Ukraine, thus, given the Directory another chance to reclaim Kiev. But the constant Red Guards counter-attacks and a deadly typhus epidemic caused the Petliura forces to be pushed out of Ukraine completely into the well established territory of Poland. A political crisis took place inside the Directory members of which were heavily interfered in the affairs of the Council of People's Ministers. Because of that Shvets and Makarenko were sent on the state matters abroad. Later in May 1920 on the request of Petliura to return they did not reply and were dismissed.

In 1920, the Polish Army reorganized with the help from the two new Ukrainian divisions to prepare an offensive against the Denikin's forces. A UNR-Polish Treaty in April 1920 provided for combined operations between the two armies under overall Polish command while recognizing the Polish sovereignty over the territory of the former West Ukrainian People's Republic with the border passing along the Zbruch river. In the Soviet-Polish war of 1920, the Poles and Ukrainians advanced side by side, and the UNR was set up again when they re-took Kiev. But less than a month later the Soviet's summer counter-offensive left the Poles and Ukrainians retreating, an armistice was signed in late 1920. With this great disappointment, the UNR forces launched an attack on their own against the Reds from Polish territory, however that was quickly beaten. They were forced back into Galicia. In 1920 Poland concluded a border dispute by the Treaty of Riga with the Soviet Union, thus, canceling the Treaty of Warsaw (1920).

Normative Acts

At the first stage the Directory recovered all of the rights of peasants and workers that were established by the laws passed by the Central Rada.

Until the complete solution of the Land Reform, the Directory of the Ukrainian People's Republic declares that all small peasant's holdings and all worker's holdings to be left for use of their previous owners, while the rest of lands to be transferred to the peasant with little or no land holdings with the priorities to those joined the Republican forces against the struggle with the former Hetman. The Supreme subordination over the land carries the Directory of the Ukrainian People's Republic. This statement concerns also the monastery, church, and government land holdings. For introduction of the Reform there was organized the People's Land Committee...

The Directory canceled all the codes of the former Hetmanate government concerning workers policies. The eight-hour working day was reestablished as well as the practice of cooperative agreements, the rights on coalition and activist strikes, and various other normative acts.

See also

  • General Secretariat of Ukraine
  • People's Secretariat


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