Ukraine's first President Leonid Kravchuk criticized the Verkhovna Rada under the chairmanship of Andriy Parubiy on air of political talk show Pulse. He stated that the Parliament became a pocket institution and serves certain people, not the country.
“I know only one thing: under the Constitution Ukraine is a country with a parliamentary-presidential form of government. Under the chairmanship of Purubiy it never was, it never expressed itself as a presidential-parliamentary republic. It served not to Ukraine, but to certain people, it was a pocket parliament. Therefore, things which Parubiy says it's like every bird likes its own nest. I don’t even want to talk about it, it is a waste of time. We have to think how to get through this mess, this hollow log, which lies on the road, and build up Ukraine,” he said.
It should be noted that Verkhovna Rada will consider resignation of the Government on May 30.
Leonid Kravchuk is the first leader of Ukraine who headed the state in 1991 when it gained independence from the USSR. He served in this office until 1994, succeeded by his former Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma.
Kravchuk also held the post of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the member of the Parliament serving in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) faction.