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Friday, January 29, 2010

Ukraine Marks 92nd Battle of Kruty Anniversary

On January 29, 1918, 400 Ukrainian cadets defended Kyiv against 4,000 invading Bolshevik troops, as Bolshevik Russia sought to overthrow Ukraine’s independent government.

The battle took place at a railroad station near the village of Kruty, 130 km (81 mi) northeast of Kyiv.

Today, Yushchenko and Tymoshenko attended a remembrance ceremony and even exchanged a few words before observing a moment of silence.

Tymoshenko, who campaigns on a patriotic platform, desperately needs Yushchenko voters’ support to win the February 7 runoff.

So don’t expect her to laugh at Putin’s jokes until at least Valentine's Day.

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Brian said...

"So don’t expect her to laugh at Putin’s jokes until at least Valentine's Day."

That made me laugh.

Nice work as always, Taras.

Taras said...

Thank you, Brian!

Actually, I got the numbers wrong. It was so silly of me because I knew it was 1918 and yet I wrote 1920/90th anniversary. Shame on me:(

Ropi said...

Well, Valentine's Day is here soon. 14th February, right? I am not romantic enough to remember such things. :P

Ukrainian Canadian said...

How about a Wikipedia link to learn more?

Marta Salazar said...

thank you for your post!

Taras said...


How could you put Tymoshenko on that quiz and not make her your favorite politician?:)


Good point! Here you go:)


Good to see you again! You’re always welcome!

Saludos desde Kyiv!:)

khabar said...

It's curious that different historians give different estimation of the number of the cadets.
Dmytro Doroshenko
in his book "War and Revolution in Ukraine" numbers these students as 11 people.
S.Zbarazhsky' book «Kruty. To the great 40th anniversary of 29 January 1918 — 29 January 1956» published in New-York tells about 18 people.
Most of the fighters were Galicia-born.

Taras said...

You mean “Церква і революція на Україні” by Дмитро Дорошенко and “Крути. В 40-річчя великого чину 29 січня 1918-29 січня 1956” by С. Збаражський?

I haven’t read those books and I’m not an eyewitness. But the odds were still in the Bolsheviks’ favor, right?

Today, some Russians dispute Russia’s official against-all-odds accounts of the Battle of the Ice, putting the number at 1,700-2,000 Novgorodians vs. 65-70 Teutons.

khabar said...

The first book's name you saying it is right. My bad.

But the odds are always in Bolshevik favor.
I won't paste here numbers on Ukraine'91 vs. Ukraine'10, population-wise or in terms of industry output.
Everyone knows them.-
And, correct me if I'm wrong, Battle on Ice' political charge in Russia is lesser to a degree contrasted to many things of the same category in Ukraine.

Taras said...

Sergei Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky (1938) became a WW II anti-German propaganda hit and remains an outstanding Soviet classic.