Kremlin won’t send condolences to Kyiv over Kravchuk’s death

The President of Russia will not send condolences in connection with the death of the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Peskov said. According to him, Ukrainians themselves should evaluate Kravchuk's contribution to the development of Ukraine

Leonid Kravchuk

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to send condolences to Kyiv over the death of Ukraine's first president, Leonid Kravchuk. This was announced to journalists by the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“No, this is not planned [to send condolences]”, — Peskov said. “After all, this is the first president of Ukraine, we know that during the Soviet Union he had his own political role, we remember this well. And his contribution to the formation of Ukraine should be evaluated by the Ukrainians themselves, and not by the Russians, — he added.

The fact that Leonid Kravchuk died at the age of 88 after a long illness was reported by Ukrainian News. referring to a source in the family circle, then the information was confirmed by MP Irina Gerashchenko. The ruling party of Ukraine “Servant of the people” expressed condolences to his relatives and noted that Kravchuk made a great contribution to the development of the country.

Kravchuk was the first president of Ukraine from 1991 to 1994. On behalf of Ukraine, in December 1991, with the presidents of Russia and Belarus, he signed the Belovezhskaya Accords on the termination of the existence of the USSR together with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the head of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich.

Before becoming president of independent Ukraine, Kravchuk was a deputy of the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR, and from June to September 1990— Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. On July 23, he headed the Supreme Council, but after the August coup in 1991, he left the party.

Under his leadership, the Supreme Council of the Republic adopted an act declaring the independence of Ukraine on August 24, 1991. Until December, when the Belovezhskaya Accords were signed, he was chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

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After his presidential term, Kravchuk was a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Social and Market Choice” faction, the deputy group “Constitutional Center”, the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine, and in 2015 became chairman of the public organization “Movement for Ukraine in NATO”.

In July 2020, Kravchuk became the head of the Kyiv delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement in Donbass , he replaced Leonid Kuchma in this post.

In the summer of 2021, Kravchuk underwent heart surgery. After the operation, he spent more than a month in intensive care on a ventilator. After that, he was sent for rehabilitation to Germany, and in November he began to recover, reported.

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