Striker Artem Kravets and experienced midfielder Oleh Gusev were left out by coach Mykhailo Fomenko, while Rubin Kazan defender Andriy Pylyavskyi missed out as Fomenko appeared to continue with his policy of ignoring Russia-based players.
Yevhen Seleznyov, who was initially left out while playing in Russia, was named in the final 23 after he moved back to Ukraine, joining Shakhtar.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Taras Stepanenko were both selected after they made up following an on-pitch argument.
Teenager Oleksandr Zinchenko was a surprise inclusion despite playing for Russian club Ufa
Name: Denys BOYKO
Club: Besiktas (Tur)
Age|: 28 (29.01.88)
A graduate of Dynamo Kiev’s academy. Made his name with Dnipro by reaching the Final of the Europa League last season.
Age 31 (28.06.84)
Vastly experienced keeper, playing regularly in the Champions League. The only player to start every game in qualification.
Age 23 (26.01.93)
Currently on loan at Zorya. Received his first call-up in November 2014 but still waiting for a first cap.
Age 25 (13.01.91)
Right-back who came through the ranks at Shakhtar. Recently spent time on loan at Russian club Amkar Perm.
Age 31 (26.04.85)
Attacking right-back who will provide a constant stream of crosses. Key figure for Dnipro when they reached the Final of the Europa League last year.
Age 24 (02.06.92)
Under-21 regular who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Zorha Luhansk. Surprise choice in final 23.
Age 28 (28.07.87)
Towering central defender who played at Euro 2012. Strong in the tackle and dominant in the air. His father is deaf.
Age 33 (22.10.82)
Central defender with plenty of Champions League experience. Good reader of the game. Played at Euro 2012.
Age 26 (03.08.89)
Powerful central-back who made his name as Dmytro Chygrynskiy’s replacement after he left for Barcelona. Played at Euro 2012. Never sings the national anthem.
Age 37 (13.05.79)
Vastly experienced left-back who is fierce in the tackle. Member of the squad at Euro 2012.
Age 26 (19.04.90)
Inventive and battling midfielder but can look vulnerable under pressure. A big fan of table tennis.
Age 26 (29.09.89)
Excellent left-sided attacked who has great vision, exquisite individual skills and a fine finishing touch. Made his name with Dnipro, reaching the Final of the Europa League last season.
Age 20 (14.02.96)
Promising attacking midfielder who was top scorer at last year’s Under-20 World Cup with five goals.
Age 34 (29.10.81)
Captain, always in the thick of things in central midfield but does commit a lot of fouls. Squad member at Euro 2012.
Age 26 (01.04.90)
Holding midfielder who tactically astute. Likes to take the ball from the defence and instigate attacks. His sister is a police officer.
Age 26 (08.08.89)
Midfield workhorse who breaks up opposition attacks. Has made numerous appearances for Shakhtar in the Champions League.
Age 24 (02.05.91)
Modest, physically strong midfielder, he scored on his debut, in October 2014 against Belarus.
Age 37 (30.03.79)
The country’s most-capped player. Won the UEFA Cup with Zenit and Champions League with Bayern Munich.
Age 26 (23.10.89)
Skillful, right-sided attacking force. Very effective dribbler, passer and finisher. The current squad’s top scorer.
Age 19 (15.12.96)
Highly-regarded youngster whose selection went against Fomenko’s policy of ignoring Russia-based players.
Age 24 (10.03.92)
Tall forward who played four games during qualifying as a sub. Still looking for his first international goal.
Kuban Krasnodar (Rus)
Age 30 (20.07.85)
Powerful forward with a well measured finishing touch. Lost his status as first choice after moving to Russia.
Age 26 (17.11.89)
Centre-forward with a fierce determination. Made donation to Ukrainian soldiers who suffered during the military conflict in the south east of the country.