Kravchuk: We must unite around Ukraine, not around those calling to unite

20:51, 01 December 2017
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First President of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk (1991-1994) says there is no national leader in Ukraine and people should unite around the country rather than around a particular person, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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"Unfortunately, there is no national leader in Ukraine, and there has not been any. This is our destiny," he said during an open debate titled "Ukraine Referendum on December 1, 1991: Lessons of History for Future," adding that now everyone has their own hero and own interests.

The ex-president called on the Ukrainians to think about how and around what to join forces.

Read alsoSaakashvili tells protesters in Kyiv he is ready to become Ukraine's prime minister – media"Those who call for unification ony do not say one thing – unite around me. One does not utter this word, but it can be heard. Another puts it bluntly: You [should unite] around me. But we should unite around Ukraine," Kravchuk said.

To this end, it is necessary to clearly agree on what Ukraine should be like: authorities, mechanisms, forces, national and spiritual values, he added. "I think that only dialogue through such unity and high culture can save us," the ex-president said.

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