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Address by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman on occasion of the 100-th anniversary of the Battle of Kruty
29.01.2018 | 09:00

Fellow Ukrainian citizens!

Today we mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most heroic but at the same time one of the most hideous pages in Ukrainian history - the Battle of Kruty.

Several hundred Ukrainian students and volunteers were approaching Kyiv near the Kruty rail station on January 29, 1918, and engaged in a battle with the Bolsheviks Army headed by M. Muravyov numbering several thousand soldiers. In the aftermath the officer claimed to have bravely fought for two days against the Ukrainian National Republic forces allegedly led by Petliura. There was a losing fight, but the valiance and combat heroism of the Ukrainian youngsters impressed contemporaries serving an example of sacrifice and patriotism.

Ukrainians will always remember those 27 Ukrainian students who had been captured by the Bolsheviks and were signing the national anthem of Ukraine during the shooting. Unfortunately, until now, only the names of a company of the Student Kurin were preserved, who were reburied at Askold's Grave, were preserved, and the young Pavlo Tychyna immortalized them in a poem "In Memory of Thirty".

The Kruty heroes have been, still remain and will be a worthy example of courage and patriotism for all the future generations of defenders of our native land. Today, the Ukrainian youth in the ranks of the Armed Forces are defending their homeland from Russian terrorist aggression and creating a new heroic page in our history, taking an active part in modernization of the army and defense sector, introduction of high standards that will transform the Armed Forces into a most advanced professional army. It is just strong, modern, professional army capable of responding to the most serious challenges and threats that must become a guarantee that teenagers and students who have never held a weapon in their hands will never happen to protect Ukraine.

We shall preserve the unfading memory of the young heroes!

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!

Prime Minister of Ukraine                                                                              Volodymyr GROYSMAN


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