After a long illness, Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine, who held the major post in the state in 1991-1994, died.
He died at 17:00 Kyiv time, the outlet reports, recalling that back on June 29, 2021, Leonid Makarovych missed the solemn meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on the occasion of Constitution Day.
At that time he had heart surgery, after which he was moved to intensive care, where he was put on a ventilator.
TOP 10 quotes by Leonid Kravchuk
"Ukraine can be proud of what it is, was, and became the country in 1991 that destroyed the Soviet Union — the last empire, the most terrible one."
"We are where we are," — this is how Kravchuk assessed the work of Leonid Kuchma, the second president of Ukraine.
"Power without opposition inevitably gives rise to a cult of personality."
"Yanukovych's biggest mistake is that he offered to be president."
"We will buy everything for lard," — this is a quote on the economic strategy of Ukraine back from the time of his presidency.
"Russia loved Ukraine as long as it lay under it. As soon as Ukraine stood up and said that we would go the other way, Russia began to figure out how to strangle us."
"Even if we imagine that Russia will take a large-scale step across Ukraine and the question of the occupation of Ukraine will arise, this will be the last day of Russia’s life."
"People will forget whether the decision was right or wrong if the president does the right thing."
"Only the dead or the stupid don't change their minds."
"Independence came to Ukraine unexpectedly — Kravchuk arrived and brought it on a silver platter."
This year, on January 10, Leonid Kravchuk celebrated his 88th birthday. In addition to the post of the President, he was also the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada in 1990-1991, an MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR of 10-11 convocations, and an MP of Ukraine in 1994-2006.
Since July 30, 2020, he has also headed the trilateral contact group dealing with the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas.