Zelensky noted Kravchuk’s ability to find wise words for Ukrainians
The first president of Ukraine knew how to find words that would be heard by everyone, which is especially important “in difficult, crisis moments, when the future of the whole country can depend on the wisdom of one person,” the current head of state said
First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk was “the man who knew how to find words of wisdom and say them so that all Ukrainians could hear,” according to the current Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. The words of the head of state are given on his website.
“This is especially important in difficult, crisis moments. When the future of the whole country can depend on the wisdom of one person, — he noted.
According to him, Kravchuk “was not just a politician and not even just a historical figure”, he always remained with Ukraine, knew the price of freedom and “with all his heart” wished peace for his country.
«Eternal honor and memory to the first president of independent Ukraine!»— Zelensky added.
In the ruling Servant of the People party, previously noted that during the presidency of Kravchuk “the Ukrainian coat of arms, flag, anthem was created, the armed forces of Ukraine were formed, and the independence of Ukraine was recognized by the whole world.”
The first president of Ukraine died on May 10 at the age of 89. In the summer of 2021, he underwent heart surgery, after which he spent more than a month in intensive care on a ventilator. He was sent for rehabilitation to Germany, Strana.ua reported.
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Kravchuk led Ukraine from 1991 to 1994. Together with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the head of the Supreme Council of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich, he signed the Belovezhskaya agreement on the termination of the existence of the USSR.
From July 28, 2020 to February 21, 2022, the ex-president headed the contact group to resolve the conflict in Donbass.
Kravchuk accused Russia of wanting to destroy Ukraine and called trust in Moscow his biggest mistake.
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