While students across Ukraine went back to school on Sept. 1, it wasn’t like things were back to normal for children in Kryvyi Rih who were forced to head to the bomb shelter just as they were about to begin their lessons.
Despite yet another trudge down to the shelter because of an imminent Russian attack, the schoolchildren and teachers kept their spirits up by singing the famous Ukrainian folk song ‘There is a Red Viburnum in the Meadow.’
The video highlights how the most ordinary of things in Ukraine have become twisted by Russia’s invasion, while also showcasing the incredible resilaince of the country's people – even its children.
‘There is a Red Viburnum in the Meadow’ is a folk song long associated with soldiers and partisans who fought for Ukraine’s independence.
The song became well known to international audiences after Andriy Khlyvnyuk, vocalist of the Ukrainian rock group BoomBox, was filmed singing the song while on guard duty in Kyiv just days into Russia’s full-scale invasion. Khlyvnyuk served with Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces from the outset of the invasion.
Khlyvnyuk’s version was subsequently covered and remixed by several international music stars, including the Kiffness and Pink Floyd, minus Putin apologist and anti-semitic conspiracy theorist Roger Walters.
Almost every Ukrainian singer has also come out with their own rendition.
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