Stirring video from the Ukrainian port metropolis of Odessa confirmed dozens of residents making ready barricades in opposition to Russian forces, whereas a younger man with a drum set banged out the rebellious tune of Bon Jovi’s well-known tune, “It’s My Life.”
The clip circulated by means of Twitter on Tuesday, with posters hoping the rock band would discover. “Will someone show this to @BonJovi please?” requested Ukrainian diplomat Olexander Scherba.
His want was granted. Bon Jovi has shared the video, quoting a lyric of their caption: “This is for the ones who stood their ground… Odessa, Ukraine. #SlavaUkraini.” Slava Ukraini interprets to “Glory to Ukraine.”
The tune is gaining a brand new life as a Ukrainian resistance anthem. On Sunday, at an anti-war live performance in Berlin, the Ukrainian band Selo i Ludy sang “It’s My Life” by way of livestream from a bunker in Kharkiv. The “Sound of Peace” live performance at Berlin’s Brandenburg gate raised almost 12 million euros ($13 million USD) for humanitarian support in Ukraine.
In the clip shared by Bon Jovi, a series of individuals organized alongside the seaside to fill sandbags and cargo them onto a truck. Civilians have been packing sandbags in Odessa since shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, utilizing them as obstacles to guard monuments and landmarks within the proudly historic metropolis, a number of shops have reported.
Photos from Odessa have proven sandbags lining the streets, stacked across the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater and blanketing a monument to Duke de Richelieu, thought to be one of many metropolis’s founders.
Reports from earlier this month described individuals bursting into tune whereas constructing barricades throughout town, crooning Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” together with the nationwide anthem and different patriotic songs.
Although Odessa has up to now been spared the extent of bombardment and combating seen in different coastal areas, army analysts have mentioned town is significant to Ukraine’s financial survival, as greater than half the nation’s commerce strikes by means of its port. The financial and symbolic significance of Odessa makes it a crucial strategic goal for the Russian military.
On Tuesday, Russian forces fired 5 missiles from the Black Sea towards Odessa, however none of them hit the goal.
“As of March 23, the situation in the city and region is stable and under control,” introduced Officer Vladislav Nazarov of the 122nd brigade of Ukraine’s Defense Forces in the present day. “The enemy continues to exert psychological pressure on the civilian population of the Odessa region.”