On 8 December 1991, the leaders of Russia (Boris Yeltsin), Ukraine(Leonid Kravchuk), and Belarus (Stanislav Shushkevich) signed an agreement at the Belavezha nature reserve in Belarus - the Belavezha Accords - stating that 'the USSR has ceased to exist as an entity of international law and geopolitical reality' and estalblishing the Commonwealth of Independent States in its place.
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Peter Rutland, 'History in the Making: The Agreement That Ended the Soviet Union. The Belavezha accords, signed twenty five years ago, changed the shape of world history,' The Moscow Times, 7 December 2016
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Belavezha Accords, Wikipedia
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