Former President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk: Today’s Authorities in Kiev Deceive Ukrainians Cynically and Openly

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk said that the current Ukrainian authorities “make promises but deceive openly and cynically” and that he is glad that he no longer participates in these processes. He said all of this during an interview with Ukrainian journalists.

Concerning the topic of meetings with Petro Poroshenko, Kravchuk answered that he sometimes meets him in the company of Viktor Yushchenko and Leonid Kuchma, but “it’s infrequent”.

Kravchuk separately noted that he doesn’t take part in political processes now and is “actually happy” about this. He explained that he “go used to delivering on what he promised”.

“And today, unfortunately, words and actions don’t coincide. And promises are made, but they deceive openly and cynically. I don’t want to participate in the formation of a policy with such promises,” he said.

Ceaușescu’s group

In the same conversation Kravchuk spoke about how at the time of the riots on Maidan he received an anonymous call on his mobile phone.

“The caller told me that Yanukovych’s murder is being prepared, an that so-called ‘Ceaușescu’s group’ was created somewhere and they intend to treat Yanukovych in the same way that the president of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu was treated,” said Kravchuk, having added that he tried to transfer information to Viktor Yanukovych.

He described how Yanukovych in February, 2014 up to the last moment tried to resolve the situation via negotiations and tried to avoid the violent scenario.

“I don’t hand over my own”

Kravchuk answered the question of journalists about Yanukovych’s main mistake as follows:

“Yanukovych needed to act very resolutely. By the way, when we (Yushchenko, Kuchma, and I) met at Mezhyhirya, we suggested to him that it was necessary to immediately strip the Minister of Internal Affairs and the head of the Security Service of their powers, and that it was necessary to dismiss Azarov, and thus demonstrate to the people that the president of Ukraine is aware of his miscalculations.

But he said ‘I don’t hand over my own’ – such was the phrase. Then we said at least the Interior Minister and the head of the Security Service, but it never happened”.

“The President shouldn’t be doing this”

Kravchuk spoke about Poroshenko’s mistakes: “At a time when things are not good for Ukraine, people are struggling, a huge number of people live in poverty, which continues when there is a war and blood flows, to speak too optimistically – ‘brilliant work, brilliant achievements’, and these are Poroshenko’s words – is just indecent. Because it is perceived by the people as a mockery of them. The President shouldn’t be doing this”.

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