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People shout slogans as they march with torches on Jan. 29. to commemorate students killed in the Battle of Kruty. The battle occurred in 1918, when a force of about 4,000 Bolshevik soldiers advancing on Kyiv overwhelmed a 400-strong unit of the Ukrainian People's Republic near the town of Kruty, about 130 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

More than 200 people gathered in Kyiv on Jan. 29 for a torch-lit procession to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Kruty in 1918. The battle, between a small force of the short-lived Ukrainian People’s Republic and a much larger Bolshevik force that was marching to capture Kyiv, resulted in the deaths of about half of the 400-strong Ukrainian force, many of whom were students.

During the event in Kyiv, there was a historical reenactment of the battle. The five-hour long battle itself ended in defeat for the Ukrainian forces. Among Ukrainian nationalists the battle is viewed to this day as a significant event in Ukrainian resistance to Russian domination.

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Another infamous day in Russo-Ukrainian relations where some 300 Ukrainian students who sacrificed their lives for their Motherland were slaughtered by the Russian led Bolsheviks. Even so, 99 years after this senseless war crime, most Russians living in Russia have never heard of this tragic event and of those who have, most probably view the Ukrainian students as Fascists even though Fascism as an ideology never existed at that time in history. As for the aftermath, were any lessons learned concerning the slaughter of innocents? Let history judge with the never ending deprivation of basic human rights perpetrated by the Russian leadership, illegal imprisonments, deportations, the Holodomor, torture, invasions, murder and then to the present day, more turbulence, murder and suffering compliments of Putin the Pederast. Yet to this day, most Russian citizens view Russia as a victim and not as an aggressor. Why? Propaganda? Great Russian chauvinism? An inferiority complex? Fear of the truth? Perhaps a combination of all stated options? Therefore, can the Russian people ever come to terms with their sordid past? Why not? The Germans did it. The South Africans did it. All that is required is some fortitude, the opening of minds and possibly another color revolution. Once again, let true history be the judge.

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