The relevant decree has been posted on the presidential Web site.
Novokhatko was born on January 11, 1954 in the village of Vechirky of Poltava region. In 1975 he graduated from Poltava’s Korolenko National Pedagogical University, took a post-graduate course and PhD at Kyiv’s Taras Shevchenko National University. He is a doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, honored science and engineering worker of Ukraine.
In 1993 he led the department on relations with public unions, and worked as deputy head of the main department on information and relations with the press and public of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.