Moving videos show resolute Ukrainians singing together as their country fights against the Russian invasion.
Students of the University of Kiev sang songs at the shelter on February 25, as parties and explosions took place in several areas of the Ukrainian capital, according to a video from Storyful. The footage, originally posted on Instagram, shows students of the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics singing.
At the end of the video you can hear students shouting “Glory to Ukraine”.
Journalist Alejandro Alvarez, WTOP’s digital editor, released another video on February 25 in which Ukrainians huddled in a bomb shelter sing the anthem. Russian forces have approached the Ukrainian capital, and videos show how the rocket hit the apartment The building in Kiev on February 26.
As of 12:40 ET, Kiev remained under Ukrainian control after the country’s forces resisted “night pressure (from Russia), which included explosions and queues,” according to The Washington Post.
Another video showed locals playing guitar and singing at the shelter.
Kyiv is considered “an important modern center of industry, education and culture not only for modern Ukraine but also for the whole of Eastern Europe,” according to GeoHistory.
Russia has launched invasion of Ukraine on three fronts early on Thursday, February 24, “bombed cities, towns and villages” as forces advanced to the capital of Kiev.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reached its third day on Saturday, February 26, the number of casualties continues to rise. As of Saturday morning, there were 198 Ukrainians diedas previously reported by McClatchy News.
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed his military forces protect citizens in eastern Ukraine, who want to rejoin Russia, reports BBC News. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President Joe Biden rejected these statements.
“We do not lay down our arms,” Zelensky said on Saturday, February 26. “We will defend our country, because our weapons are the truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all this.”
Ukrainian forces are offering “very strong resistance”, especially in Kiev, which is under heavy attack by Russia artillery and cruise missiles, according to Reuters.
Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe by land, was part of the former Soviet Union declared independence in 1991. Not a member of NATO.
This story was originally published February 26, 2022 12:09 p.m.