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The question of the German-Ukrainian military agreement in negotiations at Brest-Litovsk (February 1918)

Journal: Dnipropetrovsk University Bulletin. History & Archaeology series (Vol.1, No. 23)

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Page : 145-152

Keywords : Ukrainian People’s Republic; Germany; Austria-Hungary; Brest Peace; Military aid;

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In February 1918 the Leadership of the Ukrainian People's Republic appealed to the governments of Germany and Austria-Hungary with a request for help in the war with the Soviet republics of Ukraine and Russia. The Ukrainian government asked to supply arms, to form and send to Ukraine parts of Ukrainian prisoners of war, stationed in Germany and Austria-Hungary. The Ukrainian government also asked about sending the Legion of Ukrainian Sich Riflemen to UPR. But eventually it agreed only Austro-Hungarian and German troops to enter Ukrainian People's Republic. The article deals with the conditions of military aid providing to Ukrainian People's Republic (1918) by Germany. The aim of the article is to find out the reasons according which UPR government couldn't fix these conditions in international agreements. The main reason was the position of the Ukrainian government itself. It believed that such an agreement was not necessary, as Germany prepared for a decisive offensive on the Western front and then would withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately after performing their combat tasks.

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