January 29 is Memorial Day for Kruty Heroes. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle ...
Full details of the battle at Kruty have not been established. So, the exact number of participants in the battle on both sides remains unclear. According to various sources, from 300 to 600 gymnasium students, students and cadets, and from 3 to 6,000 Bolshevik troops were participants in the tragic event.
It preceded the event of the adoption by the Ukrainian Central Rada of the 4th Universal (end of January 1917), which proclaimed the independence of the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR). The UPR hoped for federal relations with Russia. But, having come to power, the Bolsheviks put forward the UNR conditions under which the separation of Ukraine was possible only with the intervention in its internal affairs. The Bolsheviks were refused, after which the offensive of their troops in Ukraine began.