Victor Yushchenko has sent a letter to Vladimir Putin to offer sympathy over today’s sudden death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, according to the President`s press-office.

“On behalf of the Ukrainian nation, I would like to express heartfelt condolences over … the death of the prominent statesman and the Russian Federation’s first President, Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin,” he wrote.

The Ukrainian leader described Yeltsin as a “big democrat and remarkable politician, whose name is associated with an epoch in the world’s history.”

“Boris Yeltsin made a unique contribution to Russia’s revival, promoting the principles of freedom, equality and sovereignty in the former Soviet Union and seeking to justly rebuild the modern world, and his contribution can only be compared with those by great leaders,” he said, adding that Yeltsin “will always be remembered in our hearts.”