Hryhoriy Petrovych Kozlovskyy
Profile: Ukrainian businessman, philanthropist, active public figure, founder and ideological inspirer of FC Ruh Lviv, volunteer, head of the "Domivka" Charitable Foundation. Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy was born on February 1, 1971, in the village of Horodyslavychi, Lviv Region.
In 1994, he graduated from the Lviv Institute of Trade and Economics with a degree in Accounting and Business Analysis.
Career and business
Mr. Kozlovskyy started his career at the age of 21, immediately after graduation.
In 1994-2000, he worked as a customs clearance specialist at the Lviv Tobacco Factory, which belonged to the American corporation R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. In 2010, he became a co-owner of the company and director of the same Lviv Tobacco Factory.
From 2000 to 2004, he worked as a commercial manager at Vynnyky Tobacco Factory.
In 2006-2010, he was a director of the construction company Mega Euro Bud LLC.
In 2009, he founded the Svyatoslav hotel and restaurant complex in Vynnyky, Lviv region.
In February 2010, he became the director of Vynnyky Tobacco Factory. In 2023, he left the list of founders.
Since 2012, he has been Vice President of the Dynamo Waterpolo Club.
Since 2013, he has been co-owner and CEO of the Grand Hotel in Lviv.
In 2018, he expanded his already thriving restaurant business by opening another one-of-a-kind restaurant with live sharks, 36Po, in the center of Lviv.
In June 2022, he opened an ultra-modern medical center, Emily Medical Center, in Vynnyky. The businessman did not postpone its long-planned opening despite the war.
When the war broke out, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy had to stop his cigarette business. According to him, many warehouses in eastern Ukraine were looted. It was just plain looting. At the same time, he says, he offered his former tobacco business competitors production space.
It is also known that Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy owns 100% of the corporate rights in Football Academy LLC and Korolivska Brewery LLC. The businessman also has various stakes in Mariivka Medical & Thermal Spa LLC, Elite Real Estate LLC, and Taurus PE.
His wife Yuliia Dumanska owns 100% of the capital of Dzherelna LLC and Lemberg Medical Center LLC, as well as 33.9% of the capital of Grand Hotel Holding LLC.
About the person
Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy, who has twice been a member of the Lviv City Council, says he has no political ambitions, and that being a deputy definitely hurts his business. He jokingly says that he has an agreement with his wife: he does not go to parliament, and she does not sing at corporate events (Yulia is a famous singer).
Hryhorii does not consider himself a politician. He says that at one time he needed a way to help people in Vynnyky, in particular, to improve the living conditions of the residents by improving the engineering and electrical systems.
Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy has been helping the Ukrainian military since the first day of Russian aggression. From the first days of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, he organized a checkpoint to protect Ukrainians from the enemy.
On the second day of the great war, he said on NTA that Putin leaves Ukrainians no choice. According to Hryhorii, his grandmother fought in the war, and he will take up arms if necessary. He emphasizes that one must not betray the basic values, one must be as useful to society as possible, never stop developing and learning new knowledge, and under no circumstances allow oneself to be bought.
Volunteer projects, Kozlovskyy charitable foundation
Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy actively helped those who fled the war to western Ukraine after the full-scale invasion. His restaurants fed internally displaced Ukrainians, and a headquarters for the displaced was set up at the Rukh football club. There, Kozlovskyy set up a headquarters to assist IDPs, where Ukrainians could receive the necessary assistance, food, and basic necessities, and where hot meals were organized and they could warm up.
In 2022, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy founded the House of Mercy Charitable Foundation, which helps internally displaced persons. Food and basic necessities are what the entrepreneur provides to those who have lost their homes as a result of the war.
In April 2022, House of Mercy provided humanitarian aid to residents of Bucha, Irpin, and Gostomel who suffered from the Russian occupiers. For Easter, the foundation organized and held the #Easter_for_a_defender campaign, and the funds raised were used to send Easter gifts to Lviv soldiers on the front line.
In March 2022, the Ruh football club and its founder, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyi, founded the Movement to the Future NGO. The main goal of this charitable organization is to provide humanitarian assistance to temporarily displaced persons, rehabilitate children who have become displaced, and provide assistance to Ukrainian hospitals, hospitals and the military. One of the key principles of the organization's work is cooperation with foreign countries and international organizations in the field of asylum and protection of refugees and other persons in need of additional protection.
Since February 24, 2022, due to the occupation of some cities, about 350 children have remained at the Football Academy, which was established on the basis of FC Ruh in Vynnyky, and have not been able to return home. At the request of Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy, the Academy took them under its patronage and provided them with housing, food, education, and everything they needed. Hryhorii admits that it was scary when, in the spring of 2022, during another Russian shelling, rockets fell near the stadium.
With the support of the founder of FC Ruh and Emily Resort, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyi, the Above All project is operating to treat and rehabilitate wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.
Recently, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy and FC Ruh donated UAH 3.7 million to the Iron Dome over Lviv Oblast. Earlier, he also joined a charity football tournament honoring border guards. The event was aimed at raising funds for drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Requests from the military continue: the founder of FC Ruh sends thermal imagers, night vision devices, vehicles and equipment, laser pointers, sights, etc. to the front.
Since 2009, he has taken under his patronage the adult and youth teams of the Ruh football club in Vynnyky, actively sponsoring and supporting its development.
In 2010, Kozlovskyy founded the Svyatoslav folk-stage dance ensemble and is its honorary president.
In October 2010, he unveiled a monument to Ivan Ohienko on the site of the Markevych family house.
In September 2015, Kozlovskyy published a gift book-photo album from the A priori publishing house dedicated to the celebration of the 660th anniversary of the first written mention of the town of Vynnyky.
In 2021, a football academy was opened at the Ruh football club in Vynnyky. Hryhorii Kozlovskyy has high hopes for the future of his brainchild. The Academy is the first of its kind so far and has no analogues in Ukraine. He believes that the Academy will develop and become independent of his finances.
Awards and honors
Over the past six years, Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy has received a number of significant awards from the Ministry of Defense, the President, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and individual brigades and battalions fighting in eastern Ukraine:
"Badge of Honor" (Ministry of Defense of Ukraine) for a significant personal contribution to the life of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (2022);
Award of the Lviv Regional Military Commissariat for significant contribution to the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (2022);
two awards of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine "The Order of Our Savior Jesus Christ" and "The Order of Archangel Michael" (2021);
Commander of the Joint Forces decoration "Cossack Cross", III degree (2020);
the insignia of the 74th separate reconnaissance battalion No. A-200, III degree (2019);
honorary badge of the Chief of the General Staff "For Merit to the Armed Forces of Ukraine" (2019);
Commander's award of the 80th Air Assault Brigade (2016);
Presidential Award "For Humanitarian Participation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation" (2016).
Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy has been playing football since childhood. He is a four-time champion of the Lviv Region Premier League among amateurs (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
For Hryhoriy, one of the most valuable things he has done in his life is to join the Ruh football club. He says that it was his love for football that pushed him to take charge of the club's adult and youth teams.
In fact, in the second season after Hryhoriy Kozlovskyy took over the team, Ruh became the champion of the regional Premier League for the first time in its history. Then the team won gold medals. For the next three seasons, Ruh did not give away the championship to anyone.
Kozlovsky's passion for football led him to create a state-of-the-art football academy based at Ruh FC in Vynnyky.
On September 1, 2021, the Football Academy formed its first training groups. The construction of a sports and recreation complex with a football academy near Lviv began in 2018.
"Hryhoriy Petrovych played football himself. He did not succeed in making a professional career, although he had great potential. Markevych once invited him to Volyn, but he chose to study. Then came business and everything else. Kozlovskyy went through certain stages of education in the system of children's and youth football, saw the conditions in which it all happens, and, perhaps, because of this, the dream of a football academy arose, which no one has in Ukraine," said Ihor Dedyshyn, CEO of Ruh.
On September 9, 2021, the Leo Cup international children's tournament organized by Lviv's Ruh football club started, and 188 teams from around the world were invited to compete.
Watch this video to find out how unique and large-scale this project is:
Hryhoriy is the father of five children.
In 2018, he got married to Yuliia Dumanska, and is now married for the second time. It is known that after the divorce from his first wife, the children stayed with their father. It was only when his daughter got married and his son married that Hryhorii Kozlovskyi allowed himself to arrange his own personal life and remarried.
Hryhoriy and Yuliia Dumanska are raising their son Yarema and daughter Diana.
Yuliia is a famous Ukrainian singer. She was once honored at the YUNA music competition in the Best Duo category (2015). Yuliia and Vitalii Kozlovskyy performed the song "Taina" (Mystery)
The businessman has three children from his first marriage: son Sviatoslav, daughters Yuliana and Sofiia. His eldest son Sviatoslav is a professional football player. Since 2020, he has been a striker for Ruh. Previously, he played for Metalist Kharkiv.