Russian Invasion Takes Slava Vakarchuk On His Most Dangerous Rock Tour Through Ukraine
When Russian rockets began to hit his homeland, Ukrainian rock star Sviatoslav “Slava” Vakarchuk wondered how he could help a country facing another Russian invasion in less than a decade. Shortly after the first bombs exploded in several cities, he enlisted in the armed forces and has since visited more than a dozen war-affected cities across the country.
“The most effective way for me was to use my popularity to inspire people and lift the spirits of those who are fighting for our country. I wanted to be useful,” says Vakarchuk, who for the past month has been performing in the most unusual places – from underground bomb shelters to children’s hospitals and the empty streets of war-torn cities.