This was announced by the people’s deputy, ex-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkov on Facebook.
“A big loss for all of Ukraine. Today, Leonid Kravchuk, the first President of Ukraine, the first Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and a figure who stood at the origins of modern Ukrainian statehood, passed away. The contribution of Leonid Kravchuk to the formation of our state is difficult to overestimate. It was during his presidency that the Parliament adopted the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. It was Leonid Makarovich who was not afraid and was the first to take control of a great power in the difficult time of the early 90s, ”wrote Razumkov.
According to the Interfax-Ukraine agency, in 2021 Kravchuk was hospitalized with Covid-19 coronavirus infection in one of the foreign clinics, he was in a coma for a long time, then underwent rehabilitation abroad in Ukraine.
Leonid Kravchuk from 1970 to 1991 held various positions in the structure of the Communist Party of Ukraine and the CPSU, left the ranks of the Communist Party after the August coup of 1991. In July 1990, he became chairman of the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian SSR, it was under his leadership that the resolution and the Act of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine were adopted. From August 24 to December 5, 1991 – Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
He was elected President of Ukraine in the first direct presidential elections on December 1, 1991, following which he won 61.6% of the vote. On December 8, 1991, together with the President of the Russian Federation (RSFSR) Boris Yeltsin and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich, he signed the Belovezhskaya Accords on the termination of the existence of the USSR.
In the early presidential elections of 1994, he lost to Leonid Kuchma in the second round, gaining 45.1% of the vote. From 1994 until 2006 he was elected a people’s deputy of Ukraine.
From July 28, 2020 to February 21, 2022 led Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbas.