History of the Association

It was the end of the year 1991. The intention of speleologists to create a public Ukrainian organization coincided with the nascent Ukrainian bureaucracy for a fixed formation of national organizations in the various areas of social activity. In the autumn Alexander Kozlov learns about such activities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine from Ministers and other high-ranked officials who occasionally got to him at Mramornaya Cave. He gets in touch with Alexander Klimchuk, who had already prepared draft documents, the ideology and structure of the future organization. In a few days, A.Kozlov and A.Klimchuk were received at Minister V. Borzov and got a "green light" to the official registration of the National Organization of Speleologists of Ukraine with the help of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The rest was a matter of technique, though not easy. It was also necessary to organize around this idea leaders of regional spleleological associations, to coordinate with them a lot of "political and strategic" issues, to settle all the papers and organizational questions with the “intermediate level” of cabinet officials, etc. It couldn’t happen without problems with the ministerial apparatus, which at a certain phase blocked the creation of the organization due to differences in perception of what it should be like and how it should work. Therefore, another meeting with Minister was required together with his intervention into order of things to clear the "blockages" in creation of the UkrSA.

The Constituent Conference of the Ukrainian Speleological Association was held on January 11, 1992

It adopted a Charter along with other basic documents and elected A.B. Klimchuk as the President of the Association. Participants of the Constituent Conference of the UkrSA:

Sergei Dmitrievich Aksem Kyiv
Igor Nesterovich Andrash Ternopil
Igor Aleksandrovich Bulgarin Dnepropetrovsk
Ruslan Borisovich Buratinskiy Kamenets-Podilskiy
Yusef Leonovich Zimmels Ternopil
Anatoliy Yankelevich Kantor Ternopil
Yuriy Mikhailovich Kasian Poltava
Aleksandr Borisovich Klimchuk Kyiv
Aleksandr Fotievich Koslov Simferopol
Lyudmila Adamovna Luk’janchuk Kyiv
Viktor Vladimirovich Mazkevich Poltava
Konstantin Popel Khmelnitskiy
Konstantin Konstantinovich Pronin Odesa
Bogdan Tarasovich Ridush Chernivtsy
Valeriy Yanovich Rogozhnikov Kyiv
Andrey Borisovich Romanenko Kyiv
Aleksandr Rybchinskiy Khmelnitskiy
Miron Petrovich Savchin Lviv
Leonid Naumovich Suhovey Odesa
Konstantin Olegovich Tsurikov Simferopol
Natalia Leonidovna Yablokova Kyiv
Vladimir Evgenievich Yavorskiy Kamenets-Podilskiy