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Former Ukrainian President Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk, the nation’s first elected president, has died, Ukrainian officers stated Tuesday.
The reason for his demise was not made identified.
The 88-year-old had a embellished profession in Ukraine’s politics, first serving to push for its independence from the Soviet Union. He later helped dissolve the USSR as an entire.
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After Ukraine gained independence in 1991, Kravchuk was elected to be the nation’s first president. He served till 1994.
Kravchuk, alongside leaders of Russia and Belarus, additionally collectively signed an settlement formally dissolving the Soviet Union on Dec. 8, 1991.
Ukraine’s present president Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged Kravchuk’s significance to the nation’s historical past, calling him “a man who knew how to find wise words and to say them so that all Ukrainians would hear them.”
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“This is especially important in difficult, crisis moments. When the future of an entire country may depend on the wisdom of one person,” Zelenskyy added.
He additionally stated the previous chief “knew the price of freedom and with all his heart wanted peace for Ukraine. I am sure that we will accomplish this. We will achieve our victory and our peace.”
Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov equally praised Kravchuk for being integral in seeing the top to the Soviet Union, which he known as “the Evil Empire.”
“Thank you for the peaceful renewal of our Independence. We’re defending it now with weapons in our hands,” Reznikov wrote Tuesday.
Kravchuk’s demise comes only a week after the demise of Belarus’ first post-Soviet Union president, Stanislav Shushkevich. He was 87.
The Related Press contributed to this report.