Violin

Video shows Ukrainian woman playing violin for refugees trapped in bomb shelter as shells rain down

A Ukrainian woman sought to boost morale in a bomb shelter by playing the violin as shells rained down on the country.

The jaw-dropping performance was captured in a video posted to Twitter by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry (MFA) on Monday.

The violinist, who has not been named, is seen standing in front of a group of refugees playing “Nich yaka misiachna” by composer Mykola Lysenko, which translates to “What a moonlit night”.

The Foreign Ministry did not say where the video was recorded, but it was released after the Russian military unleashed heavy shelling on the town of Irpin, a suburb of Kyiv, as desperate families tried to flee on Sunday.

At least eight civilians were killed, including a woman, her teenage son and daughter of primary school age and a family friend, according to Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn.

Mr Markushyn said he witnessed the deaths of four people “before my eyes”.

The shelling was so heavy that families were unable to evacuate and were instead forced into underground bunkers like the one seen in the MFA video.

“Unfortunately, unless there is a ceasefire, we cannot evacuate,” Kyiv military commander Oleksiy Kuleba said. “There are fires on residential buildings, civilians. The invader prevents evacuations.

In a video address on Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky promised to find and punish “all b*****ds” responsible for the attack.

“They were just trying to get out of town. To escape. The whole family. How many such families have died in Ukraine,” he said.

“We will not forgive. We won’t forget. We will punish all those who have committed atrocities in this war. On our land.

“We’ll find all the b*****ds.”

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