Civil–military administrations (Ukraine)

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Civil–military administrations
Військово-цивільні адміністрації
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The administrations are concentrated in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, shaded in pink and yellow.
Location Ukraine
Found inDonetsk, Luhansk oblasts
Created byVerkhovna Rada law No.141-VIII
Adopted on 26 February 2015[1]
Number14[2] (as of 3 March 2015)
Additional status

Civil–military administrations (Ukrainian: Військово-цивільні адміністрації, Viis’kovo-tsyvil’ni administratsii) are temporary local government units in Ukraine. They are concentrated in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of eastern Ukraine, due to the ongoing War in Donbas.[1] They are created under the aegis of the Anti-Terrorist Center of the Security Service of Ukraine.[3]

Legal sphere

Judicially, the status of civil–military administrations was created by the Verkhovna Rada law "On the civil-military administrations" dated 3 February 2015,[1] and signed into law by President Petro Poroshenko on 26 February 2015.[3]

The law outlines their organization, jurisdiction, and order of activities for providing civil security, creating conditions for the normalization of life, enforcement of the rule of law, participation in combating sabotage manifestations and acts of terrorism, and the prevention a humanitarian disaster in territories where an anti-terrorist operation is being conducted.[3]

The law stipulates that it will expire a year from the date of its publication, although its authority can be prolonged by the parliament based on a proposal of the President of Ukraine.[4] In addition, the law will automatically expire in the case that martial law is introduced in the country or in specific territories, or if a state of war is declared.[4]


Civil–military administrations are created by the president in territories where a locally elected government (such as that of a municipality, council, or rural council) cannot exercise, or withdrew from the implementation of their constitutionally guaranteed powers.[3]

These administrations will continue to exercise their authority until the day that the newly elected respective local government units are inaugurated into office. In the case that a civil–military administration is formed on the basis of that of an oblast or raion state administration, the administrations will continue to exercise their authority as long as the anti-terrorist operation is being conducted.[3]


On 3 March 2015, the Governor of Donetsk Oblast Oleksandr Kikhtenko announced the creation of three civil–military administrations on the territory of Donetsk Oblast. A further three civil–military administrations were also proposed by the governor:[5] On 3 March 2015, President Poroshenko announced the creation of the following civil–military administrations:[2]

1st-level administrative divisions 2nd-level administrative divisions Other populated settlements
 Donetsk Oblast Volnovakha Raion
Marinka Raion Krasnohorivka, city of district significance
Avdiivka, city of regional significance
Vuhledar, city of regional significance
 Luhansk Oblast Novoaidar Raion Krymske village
Trokhizbenka, Kriakivka, Lobacheve, Lopaskyne, Orikhove-Donetske villages
Popasna Raion Novotoshkivske urban-type settlement and Zholobok village
Novozvanivka and Troitske villages
Stanytsia-Luhanska Raion


  1. ^ a b c Laws of Ukraine. Verkhovna Rada decree No. 141-VIII: Про військово-цивільні адміністрації (On the civil-military administrations). Adopted on 3 February 2015. (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ a b "Poroshenko created civil-military administrations in two oblasts". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 5 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Poroshenko gave the green light to create civil-military administrations". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Poroshenko signed the law on civil-military administrations in the Donbass". (in Russian). 26 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Kikhtenko named the cities, where civil-military administrations will be created". Ukrayinska Pravda. Ukrainian. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.

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