Site hosted by Build your free website today!

Ukraine After the Breakup of the USSR


  • July 16, 1990- Ukraine issued a proclamation of sovereignty.

  • On December 1, 1991 in an all-Ukrainian referendum the proclamation was confirmed and Leonid Kravchuk was re-elected as president.

  • In July 1994 among economic turmoil, Kravchuk lost his presidency to his former Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma.

  • Ukraine inherited nuclear weapons on its territory.

  • By May 1992, all tactical nuclear weapons were shipped out of Ukraine to Russia for dismantlement.

  • In November 1994, supported by Kuchma's leadership, the Ukrainian Parliament approved adherence to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  • The next December, Kuchma officially signed documents pledging Ukraine's NPT status at the OSCE Conference in Budapest, Hungary.