UKRAINE – An outright terrorist act. That’s how Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, characterised a Russian rocket strike on the western Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia on Thursday.
At least 23 people have died, including three children, and 66 more have been hospitalised. The missiles struck residential buildings and a local cultural centre.
Roxolana’s team was preparing for her charity performance, which was intended to take place on July 17th, at that cultural centre – Vinnytsia’s House of Officers.
LAUD, another Vidbir star, was intended to participate as a guest performer. The air attacks, according to The Guardian, blasted the roof off the building where Roxolana’s staff was working.
Several of her crew members were injured as a result of the hits. Following the hits, two people were critically injured.
Roxolana published the following message on Instagram:
“Friends, we are currently in Vinnytsia. Unfortunately, at the time of the air strikes, a part of our team was on the main square. They are all wounded, two are fighting for their lives in the operating rooms. As a result, all performances and concerts are cancelled, and we are praying for the life of all who were hurt today. We will never forgive. The money for the concert tickets will be returned. Please, pray.”
Several hours later, Roxolana disclosed that her sound engineer, Yevhen, had died as a consequence of the explosion, while another team member was critically injured.
Roxolana and her crew have received an outpouring of love and support from fellow Ukrainian musicians.
Kalush Orchestra, the Eurovision 2022 champions, was among those who sent words of encouragement.
Eurovision presenter Volodymyr Ostapchuk, as well as song contest artists Zlata Ognevich, Verka Serduchka, and Tina Karol, have all promised moral support.
Roxolana has already seen more than half of the places on her itinerary. There were just Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, and Zhytomyr left.
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