Supreme Ukrainian Council

Supreme Ukrainian Council (Holovna ukrainska rada). A body established at the outbreak of the First World War, on 1 August 1914, in Lviv by the three main Galician parties: the National Democratic party, the Ukrainian Radical party, and the Ukrainian Social Democratic party. It was headed by Kost Levytsky, and its purpose was to decide on the general direction of Ukrainian politics in the war period and to organize the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen. The council was active until 1915, when it was reorganized into the General Ukrainian Council in Vienna.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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