As the residents of Ukraine’s besieged Kharkiv city hid in a subway station to escape Russian attacks, they were joined by one of their country’s most famous musicians in singing a song, in a display of unity and strength amid trying times.
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the frontman of Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy, sang Chervona Ruta, a popular Ukrainian song, along with Kharkiv’s mayor and residents, according to Ukrainian sports website Zorya Londonsk.Twitter users were in awe of the heartening episode. “This unity, courage and strength are visible on every level in (Ukraine’s) society,” Belarusian journalist Hanna Liubakova tweeted, sharing a video from the subway station.
#Ukraine One of my favorite Ukrainian musicians, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the lead vocalist of Okean Elzy, is signing together with Kharkiv residents who are forced to hide in the subway from the bombing. This unity, courage and strength are visible on every level in society pic.twitter.com/Sl1Nwp82lK
— Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) March 16, 2022
Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky described the video as "just beautiful".
Vakarchuk, who is also a former politician, has been travelling across Ukraine, performing and protesting against the raging war, according to Channel 4.A recent video showed him performing tearfully at a train station in Lviv city.
"NOT YOUR WAR"
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist of Okean Elzy CRYING while singing using his piano in Lviv.— Dave Techz (@techz_dave) March 16, 2022
Russia's war on Ukraine has killed thousands of civilians, including children, and triggered a rapidly growing refugee crisis in Europe.
More than 30 lakh people have left Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian offensive on February 24.
As many as 2,000 civilians are reported to have been killed in Ukraine’s Mariupol city alone.
Last week, Russian forces had attacked a maternity hospital in the city. The haunting photos of pregnant women injured in the attack had sparked widespread outrage.In their latest attack on Mariupol, the Russians bombed a theatre where 1,000 civilians were taking shelter. The number of casualties is unclear so far.