No, the REAL Ukraine Is NOT Dead & Never Will Be! VICTORY DAY, No Matter the Threats! #Victory75 #May9 #VirtualVictoryDay
Posted by Lada Ray
As it has been my tradition since 2014,
I am starting my annual Virtual Victory Day flashmob
TRUE ROOTS REMEMBERED!
Today I am sharing some concerts, with beautiful Russian and Ukrainian songs, dance and more. I could just simply post these entertaining videos for you, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t also tell you the remarkable background and my thoughts, which I think many of you would like to learn in order to understand that some people risk everything for the truth.
These concerts gather millions of views on the internet and when broadcast on May 9 of each year, over half of Ukraine tunes in to watch! YES, in that Ukraine, which seemingly forgot its roots, its truth and its recent and not so recent history. And when that happens every year in May, we all are reminded that the real Ukraine truly is NOT dead, and never will be, for as long as people dare put out such lavish and bold celebrations of the BANNED by Kiev Victory Day and what they call ‘Soviet symbolism.’ Those who do remember, call it RUSSIAN symbolism. But see, that’s exactly the crime in this semi-ukro-nazi version of Ukraine: being Russian and speaking well of the common heritage with Russia!
**Reference to the morbid and spooky Ukrainian anthem, starting with the words, ‘Ukraine isn’t dead yet.’ The anthem lyrics was copied close to verbatim from the Polish anthem, starting with very similar words. The idea was to somehow side with Poland and stray as far as possible from Russia, denying mutual heritage, in the hopes they would be accepted into EU through Polish protectorate, and start raking in euros without doing much for it. That, as we know, has very much bombed.**
Yet, we see clearly by the number of viewers that people do remember their true roots and history! They have just been suppressed and not allowed to be themselves by this oppressive, supported and financed by the West, some oligarchs and certain extremists version of Ukraine.
These lavish and very well made concerts (Ukrainians are generally very good at entertainment and songs) are created annually by the TV channel Inter, the only one that dares express a somewhat friendly to Russia position. In punishment, the defiant channel’s building, its owners and journalists have been for the past 6 years attacked, brutalized and the channel was closed on several occasions. Yet they still do it.
The Inter TV channel is owned by Victor Medvedchuk and his party Za Zhittia (For Life), as well as some Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs who also remember and want to restore normal relations with Russia. Other prominent names are Vadim Rabinovich and Yury Boyko. There is an economic element here: some of those who finance these big concerts were engaged in trade with Russia, including the lucrative gas transit. But the argument that they are doing it for profit flies in the face of reality and elementary logic.
What profit? Trade with Russia has gone down significantly since 2014, and even though it’s again climbing up, it’s still a far cry from ten years ago. Russia pumps every year less and less gas through Ukraine, and plans to phase out that pipeline eventually. Plus, the property damage Inter sustains every year after broadcasting their bold and only reasonable programs in the whole of Ukraine, is enormous. Not to mention criminal and SBU prosecution and court fines Medvedchuk and others endure regularly.
Some of the Za Zhittia supporters are wealthy business people or oligarchs, and they can afford it. But this just speaks of the truth: why are they doing something that costs them tons of money and aggravation, not to mention disrupts and even threatens their lives?
The answer is: BECAUSE THEY WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER THE TRUTH, THE ROOTS AND THE REAL HISTORY. Because all that is dear to their own hearts.
Some of these people have been criticized for not being ‘pro-Russian enough.’ In other words, as some would put it: ‘why aren’t they on barricades?’ Let me explain: that is because they do live in Ukraine, not Russia, which since 1991 has been, rightly or wrongly, a separate country. They have to be for their own country, first and foremost. Their position is somewhere between Russia and today’s Ukraine and they are attempting to bridge the gap.
Incidentally, among those I am talking about are ethnic Ukrainians (mainly), Russians and Jews. They are all Russian-speaking and Russian culture people, mainly from Kiev and central Ukraine (not so much eastern and southern Ukraine, which are considered the strongholds of the Russian culture – and yes they are, however suppressed they have been).
THE VICTORY DAY CONCERTS BY INTER
With this serious intro, let’s proceed to the concerts. Those who are interested in Russian culture and history, the true history of the 20th century and WWII – Victory Day, will find them very interesting. They are impressively well made. Although Ukraine/Inter do don’t have the resources and talent Russia possesses, the level is very high. Many artists are happy and passionate about participation because to them it’s just as important and is also an element of defiance.
Most of these concerts open with the traditional RUSSIAN / SOVIET song “Den Pobedi,” one of the alternate Victory Day anthems of Russia and the USSR! The song has two alternate titles, “Celebration with Tears in Our Eyes” and “Victory, One for All.” The song talks about sacrifice and how hard that victory was for those who worked and those who fought. It also mentions the Red Army, the army that achieved that victory and brought peace back to the world in 1945. And mentioning the Red Army IS PROHIBITED IN UKRAINE CIRCA 2014-20 as it is Soviet or communist symbolism, per their draconian laws! The fact that they are banning the actual truth and history doesn’t bother them.
Big Holiday Concert of May 9, 2019: VICTORY, ONE FOR ALL!
Opens with Den Pobedi. But watch the background screen! They are broadcasting that famous Victory Banner over Berlin Reichstag, May 1945. The VICTORY BANNER IS BANNED IN UKRAINE! Anem, ahem, they actually removed the real Red Army symbolism from the victory banner and just left a star. Ok, I guess they had to so it looks more generic – the stifling of people’s voice and memory right there! But watch people get up from their seats and sign along during the song! Actually, that Ukrainian guy I never heard about performs the song so well, I got goosebumps.
May 9, 2018 Concert VICTORY, ONE FOR ALL
This one opens with the actual recording of the Levitan May 9, 1945 announcement of the capitulation of the Nazi Germany in Berlin.
THE 1945 VICTORY DAY ANNOUNCEMENT STORY
Levitan (emphasis on ‘a’) was the voice of the USSR during WWII. The name is still well-remembered by every Russian and other people of the post-USSR. His huge, commanding voice was world famous. Meantime, he was himself a small, nondescript man, whose face his fans never saw. The story goes that the crowd gathered around Red Square on May 9, 1945 was so huge that he couldn’t get through. He tried to ask people to part so he could get to his broadcasting station. The people told him, why are you pushing, we are all waiting for Levitan to announce Victory, you’ve got to wait with others. “Comrades, friends,” was saying frustrated Levitan, “I am him, I am that Levitan you are waiting for! I am late, please let me through!” After that the crowds finally parted and he hurried to make that historic announcement.
The announcement says: “The order of the Supreme Commander of the USSR’s Army and Fleet. On May 8th the supreme command of the German Nazi Army signed the unconditional capitulation of all its forces. The Great Patriotic War that Soviet people fought against the German- Fascist aggressors has victoriously ended.”
As we see in this concert, they had also removed the true Victory Banner symbolism, but left the star, which as I thought was also banned. The opening song here is ‘The Unnamed Height’ @ 2:38. All songs I am mentioning are RUSSIAN, SOVIET songs, sung in Russian language.
May 9, 2015 Concert VICTORY, ONE FOR ALL
This one opens with a scene from the Soviet film ‘Only Old Men Go into Battle’ – see at 1:34. The film was made by the Kiev Film Studio in the 1970s. It was a huge hit and the famous song ‘Smuglianka’ was performed in the film. The song, originally from the 1940s, became one of the world’s most performed war and victory remembrance songs. Smuglianka is performed here at 2:19.
Now let’s see what was missing!
THE REAL VICTORY BANNER OVER REICHSTAG – 1945 image the whole world knows
There were several Soviet Victory Banners raised on Reichstag between May 2 and 8. The banner carried out during May 9 parades on Red Square is the very first raised and as I understand the only surviving such banner. It belongs to the Idritskaya Division.
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Read on FT – recalling old, but good posts from prior years:
May 9 – Victory Day 2014-19:
I did lots of posts on FT in prior years. See FT category WWII & Great Victory! There you’ll find lots to dig in on varying topics!
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