Tune stars switch guitars for weapons to assist Ukraine’s struggle effort

When then-comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave the impression within the track video for Ukrainian band Antytila’s 2018 unmarried Lego, no person may have imagined the course in their subsequent collaboration.

Speedy ahead 4 years and Zelenskyy, now Ukraine’s president, is in control of a rustic at struggle with its neighbour Russia.

Individuals of pop-rock staff Antytila, in the meantime, have swapped their guitars for weapons and are serving to to protect the capital Kyiv.

“I don’t know what would have took place to us if somebody else used to be in his [Zelenskyy’s] place now,” lead singer Taras Topolia advised Euronews’ global correspondent Anelise Borges. “We’re pleased with our president. He’s a illustration of our nationwide spirit and freedom. No longer for a 2nd over the last few weeks has he doubted that Ukraine would win.”

This can be a trust the band additionally stocks.

“There’s no approach we predict we can lose. We’re in a position for no matter,” guitarist Dmytro Zholud stated. “A brand new Ukraine is shaped, and it’s been shaped by means of us.”

Topolia stated the primary few days of Russia’s invasion used to be a “surprising scenario”.

“Nobody in Ukraine anticipated Putin to start out this scale of escalation when he began destroying civil infrastructure, factories, orphanages, industries, residential spaces, maternity hospitals… and so forth,” he stated.

“And we have been woke up by means of struggle at round 5 o’clock within the morning, by means of explosions lets pay attention from Kyiv and I felt that by means of the second one or 3rd days [that] we were given used [to] this army regime. For now, we’re into the fourth week of the struggle and I will be able to say that Ukraine is on target.”

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The band started volunteering for the Ukrainian military in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and struggle broke out between Kyiv and Russian-backed separatists in japanese Ukraine. They went again to their track however have picked up hands since Moscow’s invasion on 24 February.

Keyboardist Serhii Vusyk stated the band had made up our minds early on to mention good-bye to their households and keep in the back of in Kyiv.

“We joined the Ukrainian military prior to the struggle,” he stated. “We’re folks. I’ve 3 children, Taras has 3 children. Dima has a son.”

Drummer Dmytro Vodovozov and bassist Mykhailo Chyrko aren’t at the frontline. They’re doing similarly necessary paintings, establishing provides in the back of the scenes.

“We organize the whole lot that they want there,” stated Vodovozov. “We have now a checking account the place we collect cash and purchase the whole lot this is wanted for our infantrymen, for our military, defence and nationwide guard.”