Gallery: Eurovision stars ‘Bring Peace’ in east Ukraine
EASTERN UKRAINE – Mariya Yaremchuck, Ruslana, Zlata Ognevich and Anastasiya Prikhodko, who represented Russia in Eurovision 2009 in Moscow but Ukrainian originally, are touring in eastern Ukraine as a part of the ‘Bring Peace’ initiative. Eurovision stars among other Ukrainian singers undertaking a tour of military bases and hospitals as well as recently released from pro-Russian terrorists cities. With free concerts for soldiers, members of their families and civilians, who suffered the terrorists’ occupation, Eurovision stars are showing their sincere support.
‘We could hardly imagine what these young guys are going through in order to protect Ukrainian people in east of the country. Some of our brave men literally gave their lives to bring back peace in Ukraine. This tour is our way to show soldiers and those civilians, who suffered from terrorists’ attacks our support’, says ‘Tick Tock’ singer Mariya Yaremchuck.
Eurovision artists have already performed in eight cities in eastern Ukraine. The latest concert in military hospital in Dnipropetrovsk was especially emotional, where some of injured soldiers had to watch the gig from their hospital beds.
‘These concerts might give them hope and strength to recover both physically and mentally. The tour is also important for civilians who suffered the terrorists’ occupation for months and only now can live in peace. We are heading to more cities further east to show our soldiers and people that they are not alone and we are untied’, says Eurovision 2004 winner Ruslana.
In the upcoming weeks the ‘Bring Peace’ tour will travel closer to Russian border areas and Luhansk oblast, which is currently mostly under control of the pro-Russian terrorists.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ukrainian Eurovision artists are not an exception in their willingness to support soldiers and civilians who suffered a war conflict. For example ABBA members at the beginning of their successful career used to sing for UN soldiers. Not to mention Marilyn Monroe who performed in US military bases in the aftermath of the Korean War.