Contents tagged with Leonid Kravchuk

  • Ukraine's fist president Kravchuk speaks of attempt to assassinate Yanukovych

    Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk told news outlet in an interview that he was informed of plans to assassinate Ukraine’s fourth president, Viktor Yanukovych.

    Kravchuk said that, before the developments at the Maidan in Kyiv, he received an anonymous phone call in which he was told that Yanukovych’s assassination was being planned. The caller also said that a certain “Ceauşescu group” intended to handle Yanukovych the way former Romanian president Nicolae Ceauşescu had been …

  • Kravchuk: Khrushchev forced Ukraine to take Crimea

    In an interview with Radio Liberty, first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk claimed that First General-Secretary of the CPSU (Communist Part of the USSR) Central Committee Nikita Khrushchev literally forced Ukraine to take the Crimea in 1954.  According to Kravchuk, the residents of the peninsula met Khrushchev in tears prior to the adoption of this decision.

    "’Nikita Sergeyevich, we cannot live here, we do not know how to work here, it's not ours, take us away from here.’ Khrushchev, …

  • Kravchuk suggests that Russia and Ukraine hold direct talks

    The former first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk said in an interview with Radio Liberty that in order to stop the war that Russia is waging against Ukraine, a direct agreement is needed between the leaders of both states.

    "It is necessary, first of all, no matter how difficult it is, to achieve a meeting at the level of the Russian and Ukrainian authorities, one on one. What is happening in the Donbas is the hand of the Kremlin, and until we agree with Russia... [about what] we can do, …

  • Leonid Kravchuk: Crimea will return when Russia is not able to control it

    In the broadcast of a joint project by Radio Liberty and TV channel 112 Ukraine on January 7, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk said that he believes that “Crimea will return when Russia is not able to control it”.

    “I think that Crimea will be returned [to Ukraine] when Russia is not able to control Crimea,” the former president observed.

    He noted that Ukraine has spent billions of dollars developing the peninsula.

    “Since 1954, Ukraine has invested more than a hundred billion …

  • Kravchuk: Ukraine's war with Russia has been ongoing for centuries

    Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine, spoke about losses that have happened during Ukrainian confrontations with Russia, which, according to him, have continued for over three centuries. He expressed his views during an interview with Channel 112 Ukraine.

    "If we talk about cultural and spiritual warfare, then it began during the time of the Pereyaslav Council; during which we, in fact, lost the Ukrainian Church and Ukrainian power. It is necessary to know history since it continues [ …