Anatolii Petrenko Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was born on January 22, 1969, in Karlivka, Poltava Region, Ukraine.
Upon completion of the Kyiv Suvorov Military School in 1986, he started his military career at the Kyiv Higher Combined Arms Military Academy. His appointments as a commissioned officer include platoon leader, company and battalion commander, senior reconnaissance officer of a regiment.
He is a distinguished graduate of the National Defence University of Ukraine with a Master of Military Sciences Degree. Upon completion of full military education Mr. Petrenko occupied various command and staff positions in the Army Command, the General Staff and the Ministry of Defence, including the Head of the Euro-Atlantic Integration Division and the Director for the Defence Policy, Strategic Planning and International Cooperation Department.
He retired from active duty in 2018 in the rank of Lieutenant General.
His foreign experience includes such posts as a Platoon Leader, UNPROFOR; J5 Staff Officer at SHAPE (Mons, Belgium); Military Representative of Ukraine to NATO (Brussels, Belgium).
Mr. Petrenko participated in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He was the Commanding Officer for the Ukrainian part of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination on ceasefire and stabilization of the contact line.
On December 20, 2017, Anatolii Petrenko was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine for European Integration.
On January 21, 2022, was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
From March 4, 2022 till August 22, 2022 Anatolii Petrenko had been occupying the position of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and had been assuming political responsibility for the National Guard of Ukraine.
During his service A.Petrenko was numerously awarded by various decorations.
Anatolii Petrenko is married and has a son.