Tarnavsky, Myron

Image - Yevhen Petrushevych and Myron Tarnavsky with the UHA staff (Berdychiv, 1919).

Tarnavsky, Myron [Tarnavs’kyj], b 29 August 1869 in Baryliv, Kaminka-Strumylova county, Galicia, d 29 June 1938 in Lviv. (Photo: Myron Tarnavsky.) Commander of the Ukrainian Galician Army (UHA). After attaining the rank of major (1916) in the Austrian army, he was given command of the Legion of Ukrainian Sich Riflemen. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel (1918), and commanded the 16th Infantry Regiment in central Ukraine. In February 1919 he joined the UHA, and soon he became commander of the Second Corps and a full colonel. In July 1919 Tarnavsky was appointed supreme commander of the UHA and was promoted to brigadier general. He oversaw UHA operations in central Ukraine, its Kyiv offensive, and its tragic demise in the so-called Quadrangle of Death. On 7 November 1919 he was relieved of duty and courtmartialed for arranging a politically unauthorized armistice with Anton Denikin. After his acquittal he served briefly as acting supreme commander of the UHA.

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

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