Kravchuk: The people are worse off, the reforms are futile, corruption is thriving


“I would like to live in a Ukraine, which creates, rather than fights and destroys” –Leonid Kravchuk, May 29, 2016

Translated from Russian by Tom Winter, May 30, 2016

The first president of independent Ukraine, a partner in the collapse of the Soviet Union, Leonid Kravchuk, said that if Poroshenko can get Donbass back by December, they will forgive him everything. However, he did not elaborate who would do the forgiving.

“The life of people, unfortunately, has been getting worse. This can be used against the government. The war and everything else – details. The people have it worse – that is the real fact. The reforms so far are dubious. In many regions, corruption is thriving – Kravchuk said in comments to Gordon.

“I think the crisis will be in the fall or in December. If Poroshenko is able to implement his promise, in particular, about restoration of sovereignty to the Ukrainian Donbass, then for this victory they will forgive all. If this does not happen, and the economic situation does not recover, the president’s authority will drop even lower,” he said.

“I do not think there will be a revolution. But the people are finally realizing that they’ve just been fed stories. It will be dangerous for everyone, I would not want such a scenario. The old Banderite summed up: “I would like to live in a Ukraine, which creates rather than fights and destroys”

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