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Ukraine commemorates Heroes of Krut

President.gov.ua: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky participated in the ceremony dedicated to the Heroes of Krut. The Head of State laid flowers at the memorial cross at Askold’s Grave in Kyiv.

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The memory of the fallen heroes was honored with a minute of silence. The National Anthem of Ukraine was performed. Guards of honor saluted with individual weapons.

The Battle of Kruty – a battle that took place in 1918 near the railway station of Kruty near the village of Kruty and Pamyatnoye, 130 kilometers northeast of Kyiv, 18 kilometers east of Nizhyn. At the same time, the third Bolshevik uprising began in Kyiv, which forced to deploy additional troops in this direction and suppress the uprising at the crucial moment.

This battle lasted for 5 hours between the Russian Red Guard’s unit (4.000 people) headed by Eser Mikhail Muravyov and a unit of Kyiv students and Cossacks of the “Free Cossacks”, which altogether counted about four hundred soldiers.

In the battle near Kruty, the defenders of the Ukrainian State followed the command’s order and stopped the rapid attack of the enemy. This obstacle allowed the Ukrainian delegation to sign the Brest Peace Treaty, which saved the young Ukrainian state.

In Ukraine, the anniversary of the Battle of Kruty began only on the eve of its independence. On January 29, 1991, on the initiative of the People’s Movement of Ukraine, with the participation of Vyacheslav Chornovil, the Student Union and other national democratic organizations, a birch cross was installed in Kruti and the first small public meeting was held.

At the state level commemoration of the heroes of Krut started in Ukraine only in 2004. A year earlier, in January 2003, Leonid Kuchma signed an order “On honoring the memory of the heroes of Krut”. In many cities of Ukraine it was started to install memorial signs, to organize events dedicated to these events in schools.

In the battle near Kruty, the defenders of the Ukrainian State followed the command’s order and stopped the rapid attack of the enemy. This obstacle allowed the Ukrainian delegation to sign the Brest Peace Treaty, which saved the young Ukrainian state.

The tragic death of students near Kruty became a symbol of patriotism and sacrifice in the fight for an independent Ukraine.

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