An excerpt from “Ukrainian Military Doctrine” by Mykhailo Koldzinsky, 1935
(translated and adapted by Maurice Chavez)
Ukrainians have no nomadic soul. Since the beginning of times, when our ancestors arose from the depths of ages and settled on the hills of Dnieper, they were ploughmen. Even today, an innate trait of an enterprising agriculturalist could be found in a Ukrainian peasant.
The wild steppe has always possessed an inherent danger to Rus, to Ukraine. Rivers of Ukrainian blood have been spilt to turn that hostile steppe into the farmland so that civilisation could be maintained. Protection of the borders of Europe and the conquest of the steppe has always been the historical mission of Ukrainian nation.
Today, the struggle for the conquest of the steppe is far from the end. There are no more nomadic tribes of Pechenegs, and Cumans are gone, but Muscovites are still there. Perhaps, they are the last horde in Europe, the only white people with Asian mentality. Even though Muscovites have built towns and villages, deep in their souls they will forever keep a strong desire for the steppe, for its culture and its custom.
Although the nomadic steppe was turned into a collectivised one, it still bears the mortal danger to civilization. A five-year plan and a collective farm have replaced nomadic raid, but the nature of Muscovite khanate has not been changed. The aim is still the plunder of Rus. Such desire for pathological ruination and faceless collectivisation is the product of Judeo-Mongolian Muscovite mentality. Though wrapped in European military fashion, Muscovite ideas are not less dangerous than those of Genghis Khan.
Indeed, the danger of Muscovites is far greater than that of Pechenegs and Cumans. They are not just willing to loot but are also resolved to transform our mentality, destroy our culture and deprive us of the fatherland. Moscow is trying to turn us into nomads, as Huns turned Alans and Ostrogoths.
Collectivization is their great attempt to destroy our civilisation, as it aims to eliminate the Ukrainian farmer. He bears the race memory of our ancestors, the attachment to the soil and the idea of property. By killing this memory and these attachments, Muscovites are aiming to turn us into mongrels, who will be equally comfortable living from Zbruch to Kamchatka and see the good in the collectivised herd, as they do. That is why we must look at victims of collectivisations as at victims of savage nomads.
Despite the cruelties of Muscovite khans, the Ukrainian nation will not give up her Easter European homeland. Ukrainians have made a hecatomb sacrifice to preserve their own way of life, which is why we hate the enemy so deeply. We are still in the centre of an eternal struggle between civilisation and barbarianism, between creativity and collectivised servitude, between plough and steppe. Today, again, Ukrainians protect the world created by the European spirit against new Attila and Mongols.
We carry the burden of our historic mission, even though many of our Western European neighbours are unwilling to pay attention to our struggle. What good those who are schooling us today have done for Eastern Europe? How much of their precious “noble blood” did they spill in defence of Eastern Europe against the hordes?
When the whole central Asia burst with all its destructive forces into Rus, Kyiv stood as the first stronghold on the way to Europe, as an outpost of civilisation. Where were those wise Western “advisors” those days, when blood was shed on Kyiv´s ancient streets? They were building their beautiful cathedrals behind our backs. Perpetual wars and multiple atrocities did not leave in Kiev much of architectural sites to brag about, but in our blood we still keep the pride for that fulfilled mission of the defence of Europe.
Ukraine keeps fighting for its place between the nations, fights against Moscow, against communism, for its civilizational right for Easter European homeland. The struggle of the Rus against the steppe continues, as thousands of years before.