Petro Poroshenko




President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine continues to struggle for independence, initiated by the Ukrainian revolution 100 years ago.

Today, Ukraine continues to struggle for independence, initiated by the Ukrainian revolution 100 years ago. This was emphasized by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

“Ukrainian democratic revolution, which began in March 1917 as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire, of course, was a notable phenomenon of the twentieth century, turning point domestic European history. Those who stood at the head, attended with a clean slate to build a new democratic European state, based on universal values. This is what distinguishes the Ukrainian revolution from the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, the purpose of which was to win power and hold it by terror and repression,” – said the President.

According to Poroshenko, formed during the revolution, the idea of national independence determined the future course of the historical process in Ukraine. This idea was eventually embodied in the Act of independence of Ukraine August 24, 1991. The collapse of the Russian Empire led to the rise of national movements of the peoples enslaved by it. These processes have affected the army. Democratization, the restoration of national life, the slogans of autonomy and sovereignty – all of it was anticipated the formation of a force to protect the aspirations of the Ukrainian people.

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“The creation of the Ukrainian army has become an integral part of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1921 years. Wave of Ukrainization in 1917 he covered various military units, and in the ranks of the Russian army was about 3.5 million Ukrainians. From today’s perspective we realize all strategic and tactical errors and miscalculations of politicians of the past. This, in particular, concerns and vision of the role of the army in the events of that time. 100 years ago, the fascination with socialist ideas pushed many Ukrainian leaders to believe that supposedly does not need an army, a militia. But there were those who consistently sought to create an efficient regular army,” – said Poroshenko.

He stressed that it is necessary to understand that the creation of the armed forces in those days was in an extremely difficult environment. Destructive external and internal factors creeping Bolshevization of military units, the lack of unity in the views of the persons at the head of the Ukrainian revolution, largely prevented the formation of the army, often leaving the country’s borders open.

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However, when the Ukrainian national Republic became the object of a hybrid armed aggression by “red” and “white” Russia in defense of Ukraine was organized by the national armed forces. They provided fierce resistance to the enemy by writing many heroic pages in the history of the Ukrainian troops. Military units that remained loyal to his people, fought for Ukrainian statehood until November 1921. To their heroic victory can be attributed to the liberation of East Ukraine and Crimea in April 1918, and the attack on Kiev in August 1919, to stop the onset of the First Cavalry army of the Bolsheviks in Europe in August 1920 and the First and Second winter hikes 1919-1921.

A noble cause – the protection of the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine the soldiers of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1921 years passed the current heroes. Today, Ukraine continues to struggle for independence, the Ukrainian revolution started 100 years ago in the confrontation of Russian aggression. Different way to pay tribute to those who defended the country in these modern hybrid war. But the greatest manifestation of respect, in my opinion, will be the establishment and adoption of a symbolic connection between the Ukrainian soldiers past and present time.

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“That’s why I made a decision about the naming of Bogdan Khmelnitsky one of the military units of the Armed forces of Ukraine – in honor of the great Ukrainian commander and first national military units of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1921 is Convinced that the generations of the Ukrainian defenders must find its expression in the modern Armed forces of Ukraine. The names and banners of the Ukrainian military units must be the names of the valiant soldiers and generals who conquered the glory of our arms from princely times to the present day. It will be a triumph of historical justice and will inspire the current Ukrainian warriors to victory in the fight with the Russian aggressor. The struggle in which this time we will win”, – said the Head of State.