Skydan, Karpo

Skydan, Karpo [Скидан, Карпо], b ?, d 1638. Cossack officer. He was a colonel of unregistered Zaporozhian Cossacks and a leading figure in Cossack uprisings against the Poles, including one in 1637 led by Pavlo Pavliuk and one in 1638 with Yakiv Ostrianyn. Skydan was recruiting in Cherkasy later in 1638 and, returning to the aid of Dmytro Hunia, was seriously injured in a battle near Zhovnyn, captured by Polish forces, and presumably executed.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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