On January 29, 1918, a group of only 400 Ukrainian men (mostly students, some of them only 15-16 years old; some sources say 300) held a railway station near the village called Kruty, ~80 miles off the city of Kyiv, for about 5 hours, defending it from the attack of a 6,000 men-strong detachment of the Russian Bolshevik army intending to capture Kyiv. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kruty
Just like the 300 Spartans at Thermopiles, almost all of them died during the battle, including their brave commander, Captain Ahapiy Honcharenko. Eleven youths were captured by the Reds and executed by the firing squad.
The battle near Kruty might seem senseless, but it actually delayed the fall of the capital of then-independent People's Republic of Ukraine to the Reds until February 6th. Even more importantly, it was the first precedent of armed struggle of the Ukrainian people for the independence of their homeland since the Poltava battle of 1709. Later, in the 1940-s - 1950-s, heroes of the glorious Ukrainian Insurgent Army used images of the Kruty heroes as their role models.
Unfortunately, only the "uncanonical" Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) served the memorial Panakhyda and reported about it in their online bulletin (http://www.cerkva.info/2009/01/29/panakhyda.html
), while the "autonomous" (
) UOC-MP was completely unconcerned...
Cлава Україні - Гeроям Cлава! Glory to Ukraine, glory to her heroes.