The first president of Ukraine, Leonid Makarovich Kravchuk, died at the age of 88 on May 10. UNIAN.
Death occurred as a result of a serious long-term illness, according to a source close to the ex-president’s family. The message says:
“Today, May 10, 2022, at 17:00 Kyiv time, Leonid Makarovich Kravchuk, the first president of independent Ukraine, passed away after a long illness.”
The death of the first Ukrainian president was confirmed in the Telegram channel by the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Irina Gerashchenko, without giving details: “Leonid Kravchuk died.”
Last summer, at the end of June 2021, it became known about the deterioration in the health of Leonid Kravchuk. Later it was reported that he was operated on at the Kiev Heart Center, and then sent to Germany for rehabilitation.
The media wrote at the time that Kravchuk underwent heart surgery, was in intensive care and was connected to a ventilator. Just recently, journalists reported that the condition of 87-year-old Kravchuk had improved. The information was also confirmed by the speaker of the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group headed by Kravchuk, Oleksii Arestovich. On January 10, 2022, Leonid Makarovich Kravchuk celebrated his 88th birthday.
Leonid Kravchuk is the first president of independent Ukraine, he served in this post from 1991-1994. Together with Russian leader Boris Yeltsin and the first president of Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, who died last week, Kravchuk took part in the signing of the Belovezhskaya Accords, which put an end to the existence of the USSR.
In July 2020, Kravchuk headed the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas, replacing Leonid Kuchma, the second president of Ukraine, in this post.