Leonid Kravchuk, First President of Ukraine, Dies at 88


Leonid Makarovich Kravchuk, who shepherded Ukraine out of the collapse of the Soviet Union and signed off on giving up the country’s nuclear arsenal as its first popularly-elected president, died on Tuesday. He was 88.

A family member reported his death to the Ukrainian News Agency, and it was confirmed by Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky. His health had declined last year, when he underwent heart surgery and then spent an extended period in intensive care.

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