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September 8, 2019

35 Fascinating Photos Document Everyday Life of Ukraine During the War of Independence

The Ukrainian War of Independence, a period of sustained warlike conflict, lasted from 1917 to 1921 and resulted in the establishment and development of a Ukrainian republic – later a part of the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of 1922–1991.

The war consisted of a series of military conflicts between different governmental, political and military forces. Belligerents included Ukrainian nationalists, anarchists, Bolsheviks, the forces of Germany and Austria-Hungary, the White Russian Volunteer Army, and Second Polish Republic forces. They struggled for control of Ukraine after the February Revolution (March 1917) in the Russian Empire. The Allied forces of Romania and France also became involved.

The struggle lasted from February 1917 to November 1921 and resulted in the division of Ukraine between the Bolshevik Ukrainian SSR, Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. The conflict is frequently viewed within the framework of the Russian Civil War of 1917–1922, as well as the closing stage of the Eastern Front of the First World War of 1914–1918.

These fascinating photos from Southern Methodist University Digital Collections that documented everyday life of Ukraine in spring of 1918.

Kiev street scene with horses and buggies

Kiev street scenes

Kiev street scenes

Kiev. German military procession on a street

Kiev. German officers conversing with women and child in rail yard

Kiev. German officers gathered near St. Sophia Cathedral

Kiev. German officers on horseback at the head of a crowd of people

Novograd-Volynsk. Flight Squadron 27's equipment is carried across the bridge over the Sluch River

Odessa harbor

Odessa. Burned out munitions factory

Odessa. Burned out munitions factory

Rivne. Railway station

Smila street scenes

Smila. A cooper, maker and repairer of wooden barrels

The Holy Cross Church and is now the Zhytomyr Museum of Nature

The Holy Cross Church and is now the Zhytomyr Museum of Nature

The landing at Christoferow and Battle of Minsk Bay

The landing at Christoferow and Battle of Minsk Bay

Transport for Unit 15

Tscherkessen Gypsies

Tscherkessen Gypsies

Tscherkessen Gypsies

Two bearded Ukrainian men

Women walk across a field

Yekaterinoslav. Boats docked on the Dnieper River

Yekaterinoslav. Bridge over the Dnieper River

Yekaterinoslav. Concert on the Dnieper

Yekaterinoslav. People lined up in a street

Yekaterinoslav. Street scenes in the Ukrainian city of Yekaterinoslav, now called Dnipropetrovs'k

Yekaterinoslav. Street scenes in the Ukrainian city of Yekaterinoslav, now called Dnipropetrovs'k

Yekaterinoslav. Street scenes in the Ukrainian city of Yekaterinoslav, now called Dnipropetrovs'k

Yekaterinoslav. Street scenes in the Ukrainian city of Yekaterinoslav, now called Dnipropetrovs'k

Broken remains of old graves

German soldiers and men on the beach

Zhytomyr. A German officer riding in an automobile




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