State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
Державна прикордонна служба України

Service insignia

Agency overview
Formed July 31, 2003
Preceding agency
  • State Border State Committee
Jurisdiction Ukraine
Headquarters 30 vulytsia Volodymyrska, Kiev
Employees 42,000 (2016)[1]
Agency executive
Child agency

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Державна Прикордонна Служба України, Derzhavna Prykordonna Sluzhba Ukrayiny; abbr. ДПСУ, DPSU) is the border guard of Ukraine. It is an independent law enforcement agency of special assignment, the head of which is subordinated to the President of Ukraine.

The Service was created on July 31, 2003 after the reorganization of the State Committee in Affairs for Protection the State Border. During wartime, units of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine fall under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine includes the Ukrainian Sea Guard (the country's coast guard). It is also responsible for running "Temporary Detention Centres", in which refugees are held.


Commanders of Border Troops


A Ukrainian border guard post on the Ukrainian-Polish border
A Ukrainian border control exit stamp from Kiev's Boryspil Airport
Typical border marker of Ukraine
Main Administrations

Supporting institutions

Temporary Detention Centres


Ukrainian border guards are the national successors of the Soviet Border Troops. They were formed from the approximately 17,000 Border Troops located in Ukraine. In 1991, the organisation was first titled the "Ukrainian Border Troops", which was later subordinated to the "Ukraine's State Committee for State Border Guarding".

From 1991 to at least 1993, the new borders with Russia and Belarus were not guarded; the Border Troops were only deployed along the western borders (minus Moldova) and on the Black Sea.[4] Another 9,000 personnel were added to the Border Troops at the expense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and, by the end of 1993, border posts were established in the north along the Russian and Belarusian borders. In 1999, the authorised strength of the force was again increased to 50,000.

In 2003, new legislation was adopted, and this somewhat changed the legal status of the institution. In March 2003, the Border Troops became the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, and its status was legally changed from 'military formation' to 'special law-enforcement body.' The force was legally granted 50,000 personnel, including 8,000 civilian employees.

On 4 July 2012, a State Border Guard Service Diamond DA42 aircraft failed to make its scheduled radio contact with ground units. A Search and rescue mission revealed that the plane had crashed into a wooded mountainous area in Velykyi Bereznyi Raion, killing all 3 crew members on board. A further investigation was launched.[5]

During The War in Donbass on August 31, 2014 two Sea Guard Zhuk class patrol boats where struck by land based artillery.

Military ranks

As a non-member state, NATO rank codes are not used in Ukraine, they are presented here for reference purposes only

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
 Ukraine No equivalent
No equivalent
(In times of war only)
Colonel-General Lieutenant-General Major-General Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Major
Captain Senior Lieutenant
Lieutenant Junior Lieutenant Cadet Officer
 Ukraine No equivalent
Senior Praporshchik Praporshchik Starshina SeniorSergeant Sergeant Junior Sergeant Senior Private Private


Long Service Medal


Kozak  Ukraine
Kozak-2 20 (+60) Ukraine is unable to produce the V-shape hall required so it will purchase them from Iveco Corporation.
KRAZ Cougar  Canada
+6 Built under license at the KrAZ factory in Kremenchuk.
KrAZ-6322 «Солдат»  Ukraine truck 50
KrAZ-255Б  USSR truck
КАMAZ 43114  Russia truck
Урал-4320  USSR truck
ZIL-131  USSR truck
ZIL-130  USSR truck
GAZ-66  USSR truck
GAZ-3307  Russia truck
MAZ-5337  USSR truck
MAZ-5335  USSR truck
UAZ-3151  Russia Off-road vehicle 100
UAZ-3163  Russia Off-road vehicle [6]
Land Rover Defender  UK Off-road vehicle 55[7][8]
Chevrolet Niva  Russia Off-road vehicle 100
Volkswagen Amarok  Germany Off-road vehicle 20[9]
Toyota Land Cruiser 200  Japan Off-road vehicle 20[10]
Dacia Duster  France/ Romania Off-road vehicle 10[11]
UAZ-3303  Russia Off-road vehicle [12]
UAZ-3962  Russia
GAZ-3221  Russia bus
Volkswagen Transporter  Germany bus 10[11][13]
Volkswagen Crafter  Germany bus 31
Ford Transit  USA bus 10[14]
Peugeot Boxer  France bus
Mercedes-Benz Vito  Germany
Богдан А092  Ukraine bus
Toyota Coaster  Japan bus
ЛАЗ-695  USSR bus [15][16]
Other vehicles
Bombardier Outlander 400 MAX  Canada 100[17]
Polaris 600 IQ Touring  Canada 50[18]
Minsk (motorcycle)  Belarus 183
Diamond DA42  Austria M-NG 2
Antonov An-24  Ukraine 1
Antonov An-26  Ukraine 1
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union 5

See also


  1. [ Avakov announces large-scale "cleansing" among generals UNIAN (17 August 2016)
  2. 1 2 3 President appoints Nazarenko as new border chief, Interfax-Ukraine (23 October 2014)
  3. Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee visits Ukraine accessed 21-08-07
  4. Leonid Polyakov, 'Paramilitary Structures in Ukraine,' Almanac on Security Sector Governance in Ukraine 2010, 143-144, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.
  5. Фотографии с места катастрофы самолета Diamond DA-42 в Закарпатье
  6. Cпеціальні навчання мобільних підрозділів
  7. Державна прикордонна служба України отримала сучасну автомобільну техніку та обладнання майже на 135 мільйонів гривень
  9. «ЗакарпатевроТранс II» переоборудовал авто на спецзаказ от Госпогранслужбы
  10. Пограничникам подарили бронированные Volkswagen и Toyota
  11. 1 2 Львівські прикордонники отримали сучасну техніку від ЄС (фоторепортаж)
  12. Прикордонники їдуть на східний кордон
  13. Украинские пограничники пересядут на новые busы Volkswagen
  14. Автомобили Ford Transit - на защите границ Украины
  15. bus ЛАЗ-695Н "ДПСУ" возле Южного вокзала
  16. Закарпатці повернулися із пекла війни (ФОТО)
  17. В Государственной пограничной службе Украины подвели годовые итоги и определили основные направления деятельности в 2013 году
  18. Харьковские пограничники отметили 20-летие Восточного управления погранслужбы
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