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Kyiv, January 29: This weekend Ukraine honors the 400 young men, most of them new conscripts, who fought for and protected the newly formed Ukrainian People’s Republic by battling Soviet forces advancing on Kyiv on January 29-30, 1918. Sadly, most lost their lives.  

The remembrance is poignant and timely as Ukraine finds itself under mounting pressure from Russian forces stationed along the majority of its borders.

The Battle of Kruty took place about 80 miles north of Kyiv at an important rail juncture. The battle was sandwiched between the UPR’s Central Council issuing a declaration called the Fourth Universal on January 22, 1918, breaking ties with Bolshevik Russia and proclaiming a sovereign Ukrainian state and the Red Army seizing Kyiv just weeks later, on February 9. As the 4000-strong Bolshevik forces advanced towards the capital, the student cadets found themselves totally outnumbered. The battle between unequal forces ended tragically.

The small Ukrainian unit of 400 soldiers of the Bakhmach garrison, of whom around 300 were students, withdrew from Bakhmach to the small railroad station of Kruty, which is not far from Nizhyn. Support from a regiment that was stationed nearby failed to arrive. Around 300 of them were killed during the battle, which lasted around five hours.

Some conscripts and officers managed to flee. Others managed to settle overseas, mainly in North America.

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukraine-remembers-fallen-conscripts-at-1918-battle-of-kruty.html

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Kyiv, January 29: This weekend Ukraine honors the 400 young men, most of them new conscripts, who fought for and protected the newly formed Ukrainian People’s Republic by battling Soviet forces advancing on Kyiv on January 29-30, 1918. Sadly, most lost their lives.   

The remembrance is poignant and timely as Ukraine finds itself under mounting pressure from  Russian forces stationed along the majority of its borders.

The Battle of Kruty took place about 80 miles north of Kyiv at an important rail juncture. The battle was sandwiched between the UPR’s Central Council issuing a declaration called the Fourth Universal on January 22, 1918, breaking ties with Bolshevik Russia and proclaiming a sovereign Ukrainian state and the Red Army seizing Kyiv just weeks later, on February 9. As the 4000-strong Bolshevik forces advanced towards the capital, the student cadets found themselves totally outnumbered. The battle between unequal forces ended tragically.

The small Ukrainian unit of 400 soldiers of the Bakhmach garrison, of whom around 300 were students, withdrew from Bakhmach to the small railroad station of Kruty, which is not far from Nizhyn. Support from a regiment that was stationed nearby failed to arrive. Around 300 of them were killed during the battle, which lasted around five hours.

Some conscripts and officers managed to flee. Others managed to settle overseas, mainly  in North America.

(Think above may have been unreadable ..so reposted)


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Yes, I could barely read the notes under the question, the re-post helps.

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The Poles had better luck in August of 1920, with their unexpected victory over Bolshevik forces at Warsaw. It preserved Polish independence during the interwar period.


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Now if they had only kept Germany out it might have delayed WW2

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Well, in WW2, the Poles were attacked from two sides at once, thanks to the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Not much chance for them in that case, even aside from the fact that the Germans had developed Blitzkrieg warfare, which none of the Germans' opponents was prepared for in the first two years of the war.

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And this is the anniversary...I did not know of this battle, thank you Sir Furry Animal.

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There is a lot of History that most folk have never heard of..

I get daily alerts from several History sites.

And if it looks fascinating I will post about it,

Even I hadn’t heard of this battle but it seemed especially poignant at the moment.


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Yes, truly so...with all the greed and power-grab going on, to learn about people who just truly gave their all for an ideal is a poignant, but at the same time wonderful, reality check...our human downside can never truly prevail.

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I have never heard of this battle. 

Russian communists gave Ukraine to Germany and Austria - Hungary in 1918. They changed their decision soon.

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Yeah...not too many have heard of it..but it basically got erased from Russian history

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The Bolsheviks hoped WW1 would continue on the Western Front for a long time, to give them time to consolidate their revolution and to defeat the White forces without western interference, and for the capitalist countries to damage each other as much as possible, to pave the way for revolutions in those countries.

It didn't work out the way they had planned.

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