147 years ago, the founder of Ukrainian nationalism Mykola Mikhnovsky was born.
In 1900 in Kharkiv he gave an ideological start to a new movement by proclaiming the “Independent Ukraine” manifesto. It was the first mention about Ukraine’s Independence. After that a group of students from Kharkiv organized the Revolutionary Ukrainian Party, the first Ukrainian political party.
During the revolution times, Mikhnovsky was the head and ideologist of the independists’ movement. He became the creator of the Ukrainian Army. He also created the Ukrainian Military Club, which started the Ukrainianization of the army and the formation of new regular Ukrainian units.
Two years ago, with the assistance of the National Corps party, the monument to Mykola Mikhnovsky was restored at the Baikove Cemetery. 120 years later, Mikhnovsky’s words “one, united, indivisible, free, independent Ukraine from the Carpathians all the way to the Caucasus” still remain the purpose of our struggle.