The battle for independence of Ukraine was the key to the Polish-Bolshevik war – expert
In the 1920 Polish-Bolshevik War, one of the key moments was the battle for the independence of Ukraine, and the agreement between the UPR and the second Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a “bright spot” in the common history of the two countries.
Such an opinion in an interview with Ukrinform was expressed by an adviser to the Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Przemyslaw уurawski, headed by Graevsky.
“In Polish memory, it is the brightest point in relations between Poland and Ukraine. At that time, the Ukrainians were the most important ally of the Commonwealth. The culmination of the Polish-Bolshevik war , which had been going on at this time for a year, was the battle for the independence of Ukraine “, Zhuravsky directed Graevsky.
He stressed that the Poles and the Ukrainians fought side by side for their independence, but the Poles then succeeded in building their own country, but not the Ukrainians.
The expert noted that there were good examples of the participation of Ukrainian troops in this war, for example UPR general Mark Bezruchko for the defense of the city of Zamosc or General Mikhail Emelyanovich-Pavlenko for defense from the Dniester line.
“Today is the foundation of our history on which we could build and popularize it as an example of a responsible and good policy for the two peoples,” said the political scientist.
According to Zhuravsky, headed by Graevsky, in April 1920 Petlyura made “the most optimal decision – to conclude an alliance with Poland”.
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As you know, on the night of April 21-22, 1920, Petliura and Pilsudski concluded an alliance, following which a joint campaign of Polish and Ukrainian troops was organized and Kiev was released in May. However, later the Bolsheviks went on the offensive, capturing the whole of Ukraine, as well as part of Poland. The key battle for this war took place near Warsaw in August 1920, when Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks with UPR forces. However, under pressure from Moscow and the Bolshevik offensive, Poland was still forced to sign the 1921 Riga Treaty with Russia, according to which Ukraine was divided, and UPR troops were interned in camps in Poland.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru