Ukrainians forced to take shelter in Kyiv metro stations sang tender chants of defiance on Monday as Russian missiles rained down on the capital.
Moving videos showed stations completely packed with people on platforms, stairs and stationary trains – and respectful silence other than a chorus of voices singing the national anthem and other traditional songs.
A clip saw people clapping and giving a huge round of applause after one of the underground performances ended.
“How I love our people,” said one of the Ukrainians sharing the footage, Lina Molina, calling it proof that they are one. “nation of the invincible”.
Foreign Ministry adviser Liubov Tsybulska also shared footage, writing: “Russiawe sing and stay strong no matter how hard you try to kill us.
Commentators compared to scenes of the Blitz when Britons in London Underground stations listened to singers and even bands while sheltering from Nazi bombardment.
Nazi leader Adolf “Hitler thought he could bomb them into surrender, but his crimes just made them more determined to end the Nazi enterprise,” one person wrote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “never learned from history,” said this commentator.
Chants of love and war broke out as residents of the capital were forced to take shelter underground for the first time in months, reminiscent of scenes during heavy shelling at the start of the Russian war.
Ukraine The Foreign Office said that at least eight people had been killed and 24 others injured in the capital – with more casualties in many other cities affected by Monday’s large-scale horrors.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stood next to a giant crater in the city center as he pleaded with people to stay away from the capital amid the threat of further attacks.
“The enemy wants to intimidate us, but will not succeed! he said, praising its residents for their ability to “keep calm” and carry on.
“Together we will resist,” he insisted.
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