The Battle of Kruty: a 100-year experience of fighting with the modern enemy

Оn January 29, Ukraine commemorates the defenders of Ukrainian People’s Republic (Ukrainian state in the period 1917–1920), who died on this day in 1918 in an unequal battle near the village of Kruty (Chernihiv region), defending the right of Ukrainians to live in their own state, a struggle Ukraine continues this very day, repelling overwhelming forces of the same aggressor.

Back then, a few hundred defenders stopped the several thousand army of the Russian invaders, protecting Kyiv for the time needed for the evacuation of the government and the conclusion of the Brest Peace, which de facto meant the international recognition of Ukrainian independence.

This event is called the “Ukrainian Thermopylae” and one of the first major fights of Ukrainians for a free future. Every year, Ukraine honors the heroes of Kruty, and while Ukraine continues successfully resisting the full-scale Russian invasion, this event has acquired new meanings, which were discussed at the UCMC press center’s event, and which are covered in this episode of Ukraine In Flames.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center –

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians –

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

👉🏻 Come back alive – (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

👉🏻 CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

👉🏻 UNITED 24 – (was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

👉🏻 Army SOS – (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

👉🏻 Vostok SOS – (raising funds for various needs of the army);

👉🏻 Phoenix Wings – (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).