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.