2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917-1921 Ukrainian revolution. In March 1917, the nationalist movement took over the local Russian imperial administration in Kyiv; that eventually led to creation of the Ukrainian People’s Republic – one of the 20th century’s predecessors of modern Ukraine.
As one of the key periods in the history of this country, the revolution deserves special attention of the publicity – in particular, that of the politicians. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, delivered a speech where he shared his view on those events.
It is quite useful for a politician to take a cold shower of the history lessons. The Ukrainian national revolution of 1917-1921 became the milestone for the future life of Ukrainians. The Ukrainian idea, which at first no one cared for – except the intelligentsia – for decades… It became extremely popular among the peasants and the working class.
The extreme political earthquake in Europe and Asia, the First World War, took down several empires. Back in the early 20th century, they seemed to be the indestructible basics of the continental order. However, over some 20 years, these giants fell, and many new states emerged on their ruins. Nations re-appeared at stage and spoke up – even where they didn’t seriously discuss the right to live independently. Soon, the Czech Republic and Poland, Finland and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and other brotherly countries will celebrate their 100th anniversaries of either declaration or restoration of independence.
We lost 75 years before getting back on the line that we failed to complete in early 20th century. So today, it’s not about celebrating – more like analyzing our predecessors’ mistakes. We analyze them to avoid the same mistakes now. We are learning and trying not to repeat these mistakes.
The Russian intervention and propaganda played the key part in the crackdown of the Revolution.