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Ukrainian band sings for unity in capital Kiev

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:12

70,000 people enjoyed a concert by popular Ukrainian band Okean Elzy. Natalie Thomas reports.

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Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy take to the stage in the capital Kiev The day after Ukraine declared a unilateral ceasefire, it was a chance for Ukrainians who want unity in their country, to make their voices heard The band's frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk shouts "long live Ukraine", the crowd answers "long live heroes" These songs have become protest anthems for many Ukrainians, but Vakarchuk says tonight's fans aren't here because of politics (SOUNDBITE) (English) OKEAN ELZY FRONTMAN SVYATOSLAV VAKARCHUK SAYING: "They come because they want to come, the majority of them are fans of Okean Elzy, but there are some people also who need this fact of unification of people now. Because Okean Elzy is, it happens it is music for everybody in the country. So, people want to be together. It make them feel stronger. " Ukraine has been racked by tensions after a protest movement that toppled the former president spiralled into a conflict that now threatens to split the country apart Okean Elzy's frontman's message is that a united Ukraine can achieve anything.

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Ukrainian band sings for unity in capital Kiev

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:12