The main aim of this campaign was to unify many of the partisan units which were active in many parts of Ukraine, and to create a unified military force to drive communist forces from Ukraine.
The second group, known as the Podillia group, consisted of 400 men. It was commanded by Lt Col M. Palii and, later, Col S. Chorny.
The third group, the Bessarabia group, under the command of general Andrii Huly-Hulenko, was based in Romania.
The Bessarabia group was active in Ukraine for only a few days, and then returned back to Romania.
The Podillia group met with early success. It began the campaign on October 25, 1917. It engaged a soviet cavalry regiment, and transformed itself into a cavalry unit. It continued on to the village of Vakhnivka, 60 km north of Kyiv, before being forced back by soviet forces. It crossed the Polish border on November 29.
The Volynhia group began operations on November 4, 1917, and it also met with early successes. It won the city of Korosten, but was unable to defend it. When news of the retreat of the Podillia group became known, the Volynhia group was also forced to retreat west. However, it was encircled by Hryhorii Kotovsky's cavalry regiment near the village of Bazar. Although there was a brief battle, most of the regiment was captured. On November 22, 1917, 359 members of the regiment were executed by firing squad. The remaining prisoners were handed over to soviet authorities.