Warsaw honored the memory of UNR soldiers on the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Kiev
Ukrainians and Poles at the Volsky cemetery in Warsaw paid tribute on Saturday to the soldiers of the UPR and, in particular, to General Mark Bezruchko, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian-Polish liberation of Kiev from the Bolsheviks.
The ceremony was attended by Ukrainian diplomats and representatives of the Ukrainian community, as well as the official Polish delegation led by the Deputy Marshal of the Sejm RP Malgozhata Gosevskaya, reports the correspondent of Ukrinform.
“What we Ukrainians and Poles did 100 years ago, being together and fighting side by side, is necessary today. Our enemy remains the same,” said Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland Andrei Deshchytsa in a media comment.
In the Volky cemetery in Warsaw, the memory of UNR soldiers was honored / Photo: Yuri Banachevich. Ukrinform
He noted that General UNR Marko Bezruchko is a hero for both peoples, since he fought for the independence of Ukraine and then defended Poland, in particular the city of Zamost.
“He thought that by defending Poland the time would have come for the liberation of Ukraine,” said Deshchitsa.
In turn, Vice-Marshal Sejm Gosevsk underlined that the joint Ukrainian-Polish military campaign and the liberation of Kiev in 1920 are important in many respects: historical, but also modern political aspect.
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“It shows all that we can achieve when we are together, when we support and fight together. In fact, we have a main enemy who has changed faces for several centuries, but in general it is the same face, the same methods. We study history, draw conclusions, “she insisted.
The Ukrainians and the Poles jointly laid wreaths on the monument to UPR soldiers, as well as on the grave of General Bezruchko, who was buried among other Ukrainian soldiers. Before that, a service was organized in memory of the Ukrainian and Polish soldiers from the armies of Petliura and Pilsudski in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.
The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian-Polish liberation of Kiev from the Bolsheviks takes place today in other cities of Ukraine and Poland, in particular in Kiev, Novograd-Volynsky, Lublin and many others. The bells in honor of Ukrainian and Polish soldiers rang on Saturday at St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Kiev Cathedral and St. Alexander’s Church in Kiev, as well as in several other places in Ukraine, where campaign participants Ukrainian-Polish in Kiev are buried.
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As noted, on the night of April 21-22, 1920, Simon Petliura and Jozef Pilsudski entered into an alliance, following which a joint campaign of Ukrainian and Polish troops against the Bolsheviks was organized, which ended on May 7 with the liberation of Kiev. Subsequently, on May 9, a Ukrainian-Polish military parade was held in Kiev, organized by Ukrainian and Polish generals Marko Bezruchko and Edward Rydz-Smigly.
A month later, the Bolsheviks retook Kiev, then captured the whole of Ukraine, as well as part of Poland. The key battle for this war was 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 Riga agreement of 1921 with Russia, according to which Ukraine was divided, and troops of the UPR were interned in camps in Poland.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru