Having observed the events of 30 November on Maidan, I wrote an emotional letter to the people of southern and eastern Ukraine. Trying to suppress the tears while I was writing, I was appealing to everyone not to keep silent. To not keep silent about what has happened in Kyiv. About those things that have been taken by many people in the south and the east as the problem of Kyiv only, moreover, as a problem artificially invented by Kyiv and western Ukraine.
I have received feedback from my letter, and many people began stating arguments both for and against entering the European UNI0N. And I got to thinking... What does all of this have to do with European UNI0N???
Do you really think I would have written the same letter if the violent breakup of Maidan was for entering the Customs UNI0N with Russia?
Do you really think I could divide the students beaten by the Berkut’s clubs into “ours” and “not ours”?
Do you really believe I could keep silent if the imprisoned peaceful protesters who went to the Presidential Administration had a different last name or different political beliefs?
Do you, the youth, really feel you are so divided into east and west?
I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT!
It is you, who fill the stadiums in Lviv and Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Simferopol, Donetsk and Vinnytsia. I have seen it myself. And you have seen it as well.
It is you, who speak fluently both Russian and Ukrainian with each other. I have heard it myself and spoke to you in both languages.
It is you, who sing the Ukrainian anthem together with our national football team, at the top of your voice. I have heard it myself.
I was with you in Istanbul and proudly shouted “hurray” when Shakhtar Donetsk won the UEFA Cup. And then called the director of the club with an offer from Okean Elzy (without any conditions) to perform at the arrival of the club in Donetsk.
It is you, who, on Facebook, Twitter and VKontakte, broke down the wall between the east and west, the wall that still exists between the representatives of older generations. I know it. I myself communicate with you there.
It is not your generation that has become soldiers in this absurd counteraction. The political generals have turned the generation of your parents and grandparents into cannon fodder: divide and conquer, according to the well-known principle.
Ukrainian or Russian?
UPA or Red Army?
Now it’s the turn of another subject: EU – Customs UNI0N?
But those who suffer the most from this “war” are you, the youth.
Whilst your parents in the kitchen fight with each other, your peers are being beaten in the streets. Beaten and imprisoned, regardless of where they are from, and which language they speak.
Those giving the orders are not interested in who you are and who you voted for. For them you are just a used material; material for cementing inhumane laws. Whilst miners from Chervonohrad and Donetsk argue about who of them feeds the country better, authorities without conviction – but with power and money – successfully steal from them both. And straight away, as the tension lessens, they throw out another bone to make them argue again.
Will you really follow this?
I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT!
I understand that the generation of your parents will stay as they are. Their views and beliefs are hard to change. But is it them, who will be building our country in the future? Is it not you, who tomorrow determines the destiny of Ukraine?
You. Only you. No one else but you.
I don’t know what would split you today. Students from Kharkiv and Lviv, cadets from Kyiv and Sevastopol, music fans from Donetsk and Ternopil: you are all, simply, sincere young people. Those who were born in Ukraine and who naturally feel as though this is their motherland, regardless of their place of birth.
You only have one motherland – Ukraine!
You do not have any other Motherland!
Not in the past, as your parents and grandparents, who live with memories and nostalgia. Nor in the future, as “your” politicians whose only thought is how to take their children away from here.
Do not let these politicians split you. Do not let the kitchen conversations of your parents create quarrels between you. Do not let the treacherous myths greedily eat away your young souls.
I have seen your eyes!!! In every city of Ukraine!!! Your eyes shine! And your smiles are sincere! Your energy is something that genuinely unites us! Take responsibility right now – and you will turn this country into a diamond, steadfast and unbelievably shining.
I BELIEVE THAT!
Do not be silent! Please, for the sake of God, just don’t be silent!
– frontman Okean Elzy