Ukrainian People's Republic

Ukrainian People's Republic

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The Ukrainian People's Republic (; abbreviated УНР, UNR) or Ukrainian National Republic was a republic that was declared in part of the territory of modern Ukraine after the Russian Revolution, eventually headed by Symon Petliura.


Revolutionary Wave

On the Tsentralna Rada declared its autonomy as part of the Russian Republic by its First Universal at the All-Ukrainian Military Congress. The highest governing body of the Ukrainian People's Republic became the General Secretariat headed by Volodymyr Vynnychenko. The Prime-Minister of Russia Alexander Kerensky recognized the Secretariat appointing it as the representative govering body of the Russian Provisional Government and limiting its powers only to five guberniyas: Volyn Governorate, Kiev Governorate, Podolie Governorate, Chernigov Governorate, and Poltava Governorate. At first Vynnychenko protested and left his post of the Secretariat leader, but eventually returned to reassemble the Secretariat after the Tsentralna Rada accepted the Kerensky Instruktsiya and issued the Second Universal.

After the October Revolution the Kievan faction of Bolshevik instigated the uprising in Kiev on November 8, 1917 in order to establish the Soviet power in the city. The Kiev Military District forces attempted to stop it, but after the Tsentralna Rada threw its support behind the Bolshevik the Russian forces were eliminated out of Kiev. After expelling the government forces, the Rada announced a wider autonomy for the...
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