1 December 2016, 14:16


LPR students sing Soviet-era hit song on ruined bridge in Stanitsa Luganskaya

Lugansk students organized a flashmob and gathered on the ruined bridge across Severskiy Donets on the contact line to sing a famous Soviet-era song.

In a series of flashmobs that earlier started in Ukrainian towns, participants sang hit songs from Soviet films. The first such action took place at a railway station in Zaporozhye, followed by Kharkov and Odessa.

Bryanka residents in LPR followed suit performing the 1939 Spyat Kurgany Tyomnye (Sleeping Dark Hills) soundtrack written by poet Boris Laskin and composer Nikita Bogoskovsky as sympathetic passers-by joined.

“It’s a very useful thing; tension is high here, it’s frontline, a lot of weapons. The song performed by our young people at this place is a reminder that we used to live happily together and that all of us – Russians, Georgians and Ukrainians had one Motherland,” said resident of Novoaidar, pensioner Nadezhda Lysenko.

“It’s a pity Ukrainian military did not hear that song, they might have remembered that there’s something else apart from hate,” Lugansk resident Anastasia said.

The students participating in the action said it was their duty to support their peers in Ukraine “where singing a song about peace and love can be punished with imprisonment.”

“Simple and kind Soviet songs consolidate us. No matter how hard Ukrainian authorities try to outlaw them, they will fail,” said the flashmob participant, Lugansk National University student Ekaterina Lozovaya.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 December — Lugansk