Witold Fokin was born in 1932 to a family of teachers in the Novomykolaivka settlement in Zaporizhia Oblast . In 1954 he graduated from the Mining Institute in Dnepropetrovsk . From 1954 to 1963 he worked in various positions at the Zentralna-Bokiwska mine. He then served as deputy director in the Combine Donbassantrazyt in Krasny Luch , as a manager in the operating Perwomajskwugillja in Pervomaisk (Oblast Mykolaiv ), as chief engineer at the Kombinat Woroschylowgradwugillja in Kadijiwka and as a director in the Combine Swerdlowantrazyt in Sverdlovsk (oblast Luhansk ). In 1971 he was sent to the State Planning Commission of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic , in which he was promoted to deputy chairman in 1972 and chairman in 1987. He was a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine until November 14, 1990 , after which he remained independent. On October 23, 1990 Fokin took over the business of the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine provisionally and was confirmed in this office on November 14, 1990. On October 2, 1992, he resigned from the post of Prime Minister.