Ukrainian historians unfairly ignore the fact that after the disappearance of Kievan Rus, the Ukrainians themselves did not disappear. Moreover, they had a huge influence on the formation of a new super-state of Eastern Europe – the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. And it’s not just about a common cultural and historical space. Long before the concept of the Intermarium emerged in the twentieth century, Ukrainians won glorious victories side by side with Poles and Lithuanians.
On the night of September 8, the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania built floating bridges on barrels across the Dnipro in front of Orsha and crossed to the left bank. A new Moscow-Lithuanian war continued: Russians had big plans on the territory of modern Ukraine and Belarus, which were part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. To win the war, they enlisted the support of the Germans, so the situation was extremely disappointing.
In the battle of Orsha, the commander of the combined Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish troops was Grand Duke Konstantin Ostrozky, a well-known Ukrainian political, cultural and military figure. Thanks to a deceptive maneuver, he managed to lure Russian troops to the river, where they were almost all killed. This victory was a turning point in the war, and Grand Duke Konstantin Ostrozky after that became incredibly popular.
The historical preconditions for the creation of the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea Union are based not only on the common origin. First of all, it’s the glorious days of our common victories.