Ukraine’s most memorable president Leonid Kravchuk, who consented to surrender his country’s Soviet atomic stockpile, the third-biggest on the planet, passed on Tuesday, the administration said. He was 88.

“Sad news and a great loss,” official associate Andriy Yermak said on Telegram, portraying him as “an insightful nationalist of Ukraine, an authentic figure in acquiring our autonomy”.

A Soviet functionary who supported freedom in the mid-1990s, Kravchuk was chosen in 1991 after the nation announced autonomy from the Soviet Union.

In a post on Telegram, Kyiv city hall leader Vitali Klitschko honored Kravchuk, who filled in as president from 1991 to 1994, hailing him for his “talent, a strong character, and knowledge”.



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