On November 2, Ukrainians commemorated the victims of Baturyn tragedy with a minute of silence.
Baturyn city was destroyed by Russian troops in an attempt to capture the city, which is referred to as the Baturyn tragedy or the Massacre in Baturyn; it took place on November 2, 1708. At that time, Baturyn was the capital of Ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa. It was a battle led by the Russians against the Cossack stronghold to quell any actions of rebellion against the Russians. It is known that during the operation all of the city's residents were killed, regardless of the gender and age. According to various estimates, the death toll was from 11,000 to 15,000 people.
November 2, 2018 marks 310 years from the date of the Baturyn tragedy.
Currently, Baturyn is a city in the Bakhmach district of Chernihiv region, northern Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine marks Liberation Day on October 28. It was the day when the modern territory of Ukraine was completely liberated from the troops of Nazi Germany during World War II. Since January 1, 1941, till January 1, 1945, the population of Ukraine reduced from 40,9 million to 27 million – including those who were evacuated or left with Germans. Moreover, the historians say Ukraine alone sustained more losses within this horrible period than Great Britain, the U.S., Canada, and France combined.
Ukraine made a major contribution to the victory over the Nazi Germany and its allies in World War II. Not only the Nazi occupants were the enemies, but also Stalin’s totalitarian regime, which made it even harder for the Ukrainian soldiers to defend the Soviet Union and Ukraine, in particular, as some troops wanted to restore Ukraine’s independence.