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Torchlight procession for heroes of Battle of Kruty held in Kyiv

Ukrainian far-right organizations such as C14, Right Sector, and Svoboda party organized the rally
13:01, 28 January 2019

Torchlight procession held in Kyiv in memory of the heroes of the Battle of Kruty, January 27, 2019
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On Wednesday, January 27, a torchlight procession was held in Kyiv in memory of heroes of the Battle of Kruty. The participants of the rally walked from Arsenalna subway station to Askold’s Grave, as Ukrainian News reported.

The torchlight procession began on Arsenalna subway station towards the Park of Eternal Glory. The members of the procession walked with torchlights, flags and slogans from Arsenalna square to Askold’s Grave, then to the monument dedicated to the memory of heroes of the Battle of Kruty.

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The procession ended with a praying near the monument.

Ukrainian far-right organizations C14 (named after the 14-word slogan “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children” of American Nazi David Lane), Right Sector (the most radical wing of Ukraine's Maidan protest movement), and Svoboda (former Social-National Party of Ukraine) organized the rally.

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The battle took place in 1918, near Kruty railway station; it came into the history of Ukraine as a heroic deed of three hundred Kyivan students, who defended Ukrainian People's Republic against the Bolshevik troops. A Bolshevik force of about 4,000 men commanded by Mikhail Muravev advanced toward Kyiv, while a small contingent of 400 men (approximately 300 of them were students) was hastily organized and sent to the front. This battle was a part of a civil war between the left (Ukrainian People's Republic and Bolsheviks), however, the far-right claim it to be a war between the Russians and Ukrainians.

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