On January 29, 2018, Ukraine commemorates at the national level the centenary of battle under Kruty, which became a symbol of the Ukrainian people's heroism and self-sacrifice of the young generation in the struggle for independence.
On January 29, 1918, 520 Ukrainian soldiers, young men and students armed with 16 machine guns and one gun were stationed on the railroad platform in Kruty. The Russians predominated ten times, had armored trains and artillery.
The UNR troops under Kruty were commanded by Averkiy Honcharenko. Due to the favorable position and heroism, the Ukrainians managed to inflict significant losses on the Russians and blunt the attack till darkness. Then, under the pressure of the enemy, the Ukrainian fighters organized retreat to the echelons and set off towards Kyiv, destroying the railroad tracks. But a chort of students, 27 boys, lost in the dark, returned to Kruty station, which at that time was already occupied by the Bolsheviks. They were captured. The boys were tortured, and then executed. Subsequently, almost all heroes were buried on Askold's grave in Kyiv.
In April 1918, assisted by the German and Austro-Hungarian troops (according to the Brest Treaty), Ukrainians freed almost entire Ukraine from the Bolsheviks. Thus, the battle under Kruty became a battle for the future of Ukraine.
Due to heroism and courage of Ukrainian soldiers, the enemy’s military advance of the Bolsheviks towards Kyiv was stopped for several days when talks between the Ukrainian People's Republic and the countries of the Quadruple Alliance continued. It was important that at that time the Ukrainian capital was under the control of the Central Rada.
On February 9, 1918, the Brest Peace Treaty was signed. It meant the recognition of an independent Ukrainian People's Republic as a subject of international relations.
The commemoration of the perished young people under Kruty is becoming profoundly symbolic today, when young people again defend Ukraine's sovereignty, freedom and independence in the battles with Russian aggressors in the eastern parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
It is proved historically, that truth always triumphs, and the truth is on the side of the Ukrainian people.