In spring of 2014 he was a governor of Luhansk Oblast. Mykhailo Bolotskykh was born on 28 October 1960 in Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast. He graduated from the Kharkiv Armor Commanding College in 1982 and Combat Engineer Institute of the Podillia State Agro-Technical University in 2001.
In 1994-1995 took part in peacekeeping missions for Ukraine in Yugoslavia as part of the 240th Separate Special Battalion.
In 2010-2012 he was the first deputy of Minister of Emergencies and during some period served as the acting minister in 2010. In 2012-2014 Bolotskykh headed the newly reformed State Emergency Service of Ukraine as part of the Ministry of Defense.