Donbass Heroism and Suffering Commemorated With Legendary Rock Song (Video)

A powerful combination of confronting imagery, inspiring lyrics, and moving civilian pleas highlight the valiant struggle of residents of Donbass

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Russians believe superstitiously that the cuckoo birds can predict the future. Just count how many time it cuckoos and you will know how many years you have left to live.

It is to this allegory that a song was written by Victor Tsoi, a legend of the Soviet rock of the 1980s. He died in a car crash in 1990, but his songs are still adored by young and old throughout the former Soviet Union.

Little could he know in the 1980s, the time of perestroika and glasnost, that a couple of decades later, this song would accompany documentary footage of the suffering of his former compatriots in Eastern Ukraine at the hands of the independent Ukraine’s regular and irregular military formations bombing Donbass into a bright European future under Nazi slogans.

But this powerful clip is not only about suffering. It is about hope. You just have to watch the inspired faces of the rebels resisting the pro-European atrocities. Brits who have just made their Brexit choice would have been proud of them (if only they had a way of knowing what’s going on there).

Perhaps this powerful performance will help to bring this message through. The performer is Polina Gagarina, a young Russian pop and soft rock star.

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